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Switzerland provides additional 10 million francs for Rohingya refugees

15.02.2019 — Press release EDA
In 2019, Switzerland will provide CHF 10 million and deploy experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to help tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. The humanitarian crisis in eastern Bangladesh, a region that has taken in large numbers refugees, remains acute. The international Joint Response Plan seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet basic needs.


University of Fribourg – Scholarship programme

13.01.2019 — Article Bangladesh
University of Fribourg (Switzerland) offers young foreign researchers (with residence outside of Switzerland) an opportunity to pursue 3-4 months research stay in Switzerland on doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Interested, eligible and motivated candidates from Bangladesh are encouraged to apply.



ILO and Switzerland to continue supporting initiatives on decent work for migrant workers

12.12.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
At a ceremony held in Dhaka on 12 December 2018, the Embassy of Switzerland and ILO Bangladesh jointly launched of the Phase II of the project ‘Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work for Migrant Workers’. The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and it will be implemented by ILO during January 2019 - December 2021.


Joint Local Statement on Parliamentary elections

10.12.2018 — Position Bangladesh
As the formal campaigning period for the upcoming parliamentary elections begins, the undersigned Heads of Mission of the European Union and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland call upon the Government of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Election Commission and all stakeholders to ensure a genuine, credible, inclusive and transparent electoral process.


Swiss Embassy celebrates Switzerland-Bangladesh friendship

16.11.2018 — Press release Bangladesh
The Embassy of Switzerland organized a special event “Swiss Night” on 15 November 2018 in Dhaka to celebrate the friendship between Switzerland and Bangladesh. The event was attended by a wide range of audience including members of senior officials, the civil society, business, cultural and international community, development partners as well as the Swiss citizens living in Bangladesh.


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.


Fostering freedom of expression and strengthening civil society: the role of culture in development cooperation

09.02.2018 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supports various projects in culture and the arts in partner countries because artists and culture professionals have an important role to play in shaping economic, social and cultural life. The exchange of ideas between artists from countries of the South and East and Switzerland is therefore the focus of 'CROSSROADS – International perspectives on culture, art and society', an event co-organised by the SDC and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Basel and Geneva from 8 to 10 February.

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