Parliaments should play role in establishing rule of law: speaker
DHAKA, Oct 14, 2019 (BSS) – Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today said parliaments should play an important role in establishing human rights and rule of law around the globe.
“It quite is possible to create awareness through parliamentary diplomacy in establishing and protecting human rights and rule of law at national, regional and international levels,” she said.
The Jatiya Sangsad Speaker was addressing the general debate — “Strengthening International Law: Parliamentary Rules and Mechanism and the Contribution of Regional Cooperation” — of the 141st IPU Conference held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, according to a message received here.
Dr Chaudhury said there is no alternative to establishing rule of law and ensuring human rights and fundamental rights aiming to make democracy effective.
Noting that Bangladesh Parliament is working in this regard, she said the Jatiya Sangsad, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is playing an effective role in building an inclusive society that would be free from poverty and repression.
IPU President Gabriela Cuevas, its Secretary Martin Chungong and Serbian Parliament Speaker and IPU conference president Maja Gojkovjic also spoke at the function.
Other members of the Bangladesh parliamentary delegation Deputy Speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury Liton, Whip Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Industries Amir Hossain Amu, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Commerce Tofail Ahmed, parliament members Md Habibe Millat, Fahmi Gulandaz Babel, Abdus Salam Murshedi, Pir Fazlur Rahman, Suborna Mustafa and Shabnam Jahan, Senior Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan and Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Subhan Sikder took part in the meet.
A total of 80 speakers, 60 deputy speakers and 1,500 representatives from 140 countries took part in the IPU conference.