During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on minority issues, 2006; SR on summary executions, 2006
Bangladesh tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 16 September 2014. The document presents Bangladesh’s international and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At domestic level, Bangladesh pledged to: enact national legislation to implement the international human rights instruments to which it is Party; preserve the independence of the judiciary and freedom of the press; strengthen the statutory and watchdog bodies; ensure effective parliamentary oversight; provide training programmes in the field of human rights; work for the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Plan of Action, and the outcomes of other major UN international conferences; and promote and protect the rights of minorities and workers.
At the international level, Bangladesh made commitments to: meet its treaty reporting obligations; cooperate with Special Procedures and other Council mechanisms, with a view to continuing to extend invitations to Special Rapporteurs to visit (on a regular basis); continue to engage with the UPR mechanism and implement recommendations; continue to support the work of the OHCHR; act as a bridge-builder between different groups at the Council; promote the realisation of the right to development; continue to support the UN agencies, programmes and funds; pursue the issue of human rights and climate change; and advocate for the rights of migrant workers across the entire migration cycle.
An analysis of steps taken by Bangladesh in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that Bangladesh has actively participated in the Council’s panel discussions, interactive dialogues, and general debates. Regarding cooperation with the Special Procedures, Bangladesh has only facilitated seven visits and it is yet to answer 18 visit requests; furthermore, it has only responded to 25 of 43 communications received. Concerning cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Bangladesh has submitted its reports under five of the seven conventions of which it is a party, and has two periodic reports overdue. Bangladesh is an active supporter of the UPR mechanism, participating in the reviews of 84 other states during the first and second cycles.