UN rights chief urges PM Sheikh Hasina to let Khaleda Zia receive treatment abroad

  • November 8, 2023

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has been urged by UN Rights Chief Volker Turk to release Khaleda Zia, the main opposition leader, so that she may receive urgent medical treatment abroad. Zia, a two-time former premier, was at “high risk” of dying without medical intervention abroad, according to Bangladeshi clinicians, after the Hasina administration denied her requests to depart.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Turk said in a letter to the Bangladeshi PM that Zia’s release would be seen as “a significant step towards political dialogue & reconciliation”. “I call upon your government to consider her release to allow her to receive the urgent and specialised medical care that she needs abroad,” he wrote in the letter dated 1 November.

Source: https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/3iixv2lu76