UN expert to visit Bangladesh to assess the impact of poverty on human rights

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human Rights Olivier De Schutter will visit Bangladesh to examine the government’s efforts to eradicate poverty from 17 to 29 May 2023.

“Bangladesh has made remarkable gains in poverty reduction over recent years, yet important questions remain around how to maintain this progress and ensure all parts of the population benefit equally,” said De Schutter, the independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report, and advise on poverty and human rights around the world.

“My visit will be an opportunity to hear and learn more and provide recommendations to the government on how it can continue to support people out of poverty and ensure the right to an adequate standard of living for all in the face of economic and climate-induced shocks.”

During the visit, the UN expert will travel to Dhaka, Rangpur Division, and Cox’s Bazar, where he will meet with national and local government officials, individuals and communities affected by poverty, and representatives from civil society.

In addition to investigating the effectiveness of social security programs, De Schutter will examine the impact of Bangladesh’s labor laws, health care, housing, and education systems on poverty. He will also assess the situation of groups disproportionately affected by poverty, including women, children, people with disabilities, and older persons, as well as ready-made garment workers and Rohingya refugees.

De Schutter will present his preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka on 29 May at 15:00 local time. Access will be strictly limited to journalists. The press conference will also be live-streamed (more information here).

The Special Rapporteur will present his final report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2024.

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