Staff Correspondent, NewAge, September 2, 2008
The UNDP’s resident representative, Renata Lok-Dessallien, felt that though the number of extra-judicial killings has decreased significantly, more remains to be done for improving the situation.
She made the comment when she called on the foreign affairs adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, at the foreign ministry on Monday morning. Renata praised the interim government for establishment of the Human Rights Commission that will begin functioning from September 1.
‘Many governments in the past have failed to do this,’ she said. Renata also said there has been a marked improvement in the law and order situation and the number of extra-judicial killings has shrunk significantly, ‘though more remains to be done.’
Among other issues, Iftekhar and Renata discussed the wide range of Bangladesh-UNDP cooperation for development.
The adviser underscored the importance of the setting up of the Human Rights Commission.
‘Not only will it benefit the people of Bangladesh, it will also vastly improve the image of the country abroad,’ he asserted.
Iftekhar expressed the hope that the UN would send observers to cover the parliamentary elections in December.