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Swiss Film Night 2018

23.10.2018 — Article Bangladesh
On 23rd of October, the Swiss Embassy together with its venue partner the Goethe Institut in Dhaka screened the award-winning Swiss film, The Divine Order, as a part of a series of events that will extend up to 2019.


Chattogram stands up for human rights

07.10.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
Participants of a panel discussion and film screening on human rights on 7 October in Chattogram expressed their strong commitment to human rights. The event was jointly organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, and national NGO Steps towards Development to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to highlight the importance of protection of human rights.


Joint local Statement

27.09.2018 — Position Bangladesh

Dhaka, 27 September 2018                            

Joint local Statement

The Heads of Mission of the EU Member States, the European Union Delegation and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland issue the following Statement in Bangladesh:

On 19 September, the "Digital Security Act, 2018" was passed in Parliament.

We reiterate our concerns around several provisions of the Digital Security Act which unduly restrict the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media and undermine judicial procedural guarantees. In its current form the Act could be used to suppress and criminalise the legitimate exercise of these freedoms.

We call upon the Government of Bangladesh to continue consultations on this law and pursue the commitments taken during the Universal Periodic Review last May, so as to ensure that the Digital Security Act will be in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Constitution of Bangladesh.

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Celebrate and stand up for Human Rights in Rajshahi

10.09.2018 — Local news Bangladesh
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to highlight the importance of Human Rights, a panel discussion and film screening event took place on 10 September 2018 in Rajshahi. The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, and human rights NGO Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) jointly organized the event.  


Celebrate and stand up for Human Rights

10.05.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to underline the importance of Human Rights particularly ahead of the 3rd Universal Periodic Review of Bangladesh a panel discussion and film screening event took place on 10 May 2018 at the Goethe Institut in Dhaka. The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva (FIFDH) jointly organized the event.


President of the Swiss Confederation visits Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar

06.02.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
The President of the Swiss Confederation H.E. Mr. Alain Berset, who is currently in Bangladesh on an official visit, travelled to Cox’s Bazar on 06 February 2018 to gain a first-hand insight into the ongoing humanitarian refugee crisis. He visited the Kutupalong Rohingya camp where he met with Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar in recent months. He also visited the Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital which received Swiss contributions.



President of the Swiss Confederation to visit Bangladesh

01.02.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
The President of the Swiss Confederation H.E. Mr. Alain Berset will pay an official visit to Bangladesh on 04-07 February 2018. In the first official visit by a Swiss president to Bangladesh, there will be two main focuses: solidarity with a country that is severely affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar, and the establishment of closer bilateral relations.


Artist-in-Residence 2019

20.12.2017 — Article Bangladesh
Inviting artists and cultural practitioners in the areas of performing and visual arts, literature, design and interactive media to apply for a Studio Residency being awarded by Pro Helvetia -Swiss Arts Council.


SDC Local Governance programme Sharique enters phase IV

12.12.2017 — Article Bangladesh
The fourth phase of SDC Local Governance programme Sharique was officially launched on 11 December 2017 in Dhaka through an inception meeting attended, among others, by Ambassador René Holenstein and Mr. Abdul Malek, Honourable Secretary of the Local Government Division (LGD).


Human Rights Day 2017

10.12.2017 — Press release Bangladesh
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.


Bangladesh and Switzerland celebrate 45 years of friendship

03.11.2017 — Press release Bangladesh

The year 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Bangladesh. To celebrate this joyful occasion in a festive mood, the Embassy of Switzerland, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, organized a special celebratory event at Pan Pacific Sonargaon on 02 November 2017. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Mr. René Holenstein welcomed the guests and dignitaries. The Hon’ble Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP graced the event as the Chief Guest, while the Hon’ble Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor MP attended the event as the Special Guest.

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