Allow Khaleda to seek treatment abroad: MEP calls on Prime Minister Hasina. on
Photo by Khaleda Zia
Photo by Khaleda Zia
A member of the European Parliament has asked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to grant Khaleda Zia’s family’s request and allow her to travel abroad for urgent medical treatment.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on December 8, Ivan Štefanec said: “Given the well-documented deteriorating health of Khaleda Zia, we appeal to you and your government to grant her family’s request and allow her to travel abroad for urgent medical care Treatment”.
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The government of Bangladesh must take a humanitarian approach to the treatment it needs, said Ivan Štefanec.
Ivan Stefanec said he understands that 76-year-old Khaleda Zia was jailed on corruption charges in February 2018. In April 2019, she was transferred from Dhaka Central Prison, where she was the only prisoner, to the BSMMU for treatment under prison conditions, following the recommendations of a medical association.
In March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, she was released from the prison hospital for six months on condition that she would stay at home. The implementing regulation has been extended to this day, with Begum Khaleda Zia satisfactorily fulfilling the condition.
Ivan Štefanec noted that a 2019 Amnesty International report called on the Bangladeshi authorities to give Khaleda Zia access to the specialized health care she needs.
He referred to a media report showing that Khaleda’s family had applied to the Bangladeshi Interior Ministry to extend their conditional release and travel abroad for much-needed medical treatment.
In the past few months, she has been treated in a coronary unit (CCU) at a Dhaka hospital and her health has deteriorated, international news media reported.
“We urge you (PM) to respect the human and advanced health rights of Khaleda Zia in view of her critical situation at this dangerous time and to enable her to travel abroad to have access to the highest attainable standards of health care”, said Štefanec.
He also valued the government of Bangladesh, which facilitated and cared for more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees. “It is indeed a tremendous contribution to the global refugee crisis,” he said.