US Congress to hold hearing on Bangladesh Nov 20
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the US Congress will hold a hearing Wednesday on prevailing political turmoil over Bangladesh's next general election.
The hearing titled 'Bangladesh in Turmoil: A Nation on the Brink?' will be held at the House Rayburn Office Building Washington, according to information available on United States House of Representatives website.
Prof Ali Riaz, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Maj Gen (retd) AMN Muniruzzaman, president of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies, and John Stifton, Asia Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch, will participate in the hearing as witnesses.
It is considered highly important as the US Representative Steve Chabot, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, who visited Bangladesh on November 5-6, will share his experience during the visit.
House Rayburn Office Building Washington, USA
Diplomatic sources said the decision and recommendations of the sub-committee will be very crucial as it has wide range of jurisdiction from politics to foreign aid, loans and security matters.
During his visit to Bangladesh, Steve Chabot met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader Khaleda Zia, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, leaders of Jamaat and other political parties, civil society representatives and media, and discussed political turbulence, upcoming election and ongoing war crimes trials and overall security situation in Bangladesh.
Diplomatic sources said the 14-member subcommittee headed by Steve Chabot will discuss entire range of US-Bangladesh bilateral issues, US role in resolving the current political challenges in Bangladesh as well as holding a free, fair, transparent, credible and inclusive general election.