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Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP
Saber Hossain Chowdhury is a MP from Bangladesh. A former Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League and Political Secretary to the then Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina Wazed who is now serving as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Chowdhury was first elected as Member of Bangladesh Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.
Whilst in opposition from 2001 to 2008, he championed human rights and individual liberties, was recognized as a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International and demanded urgent reforms in the Caretaker Government System and the Election Commission.
Saber Hossain Chowdhury is the first Parliamentarian in Bangladesh to have initiated legislation on prohibition of Custodial Torture and Deaths, code of conduct for MPs, domestic violence, rights of slum dwellers and repeal of the Leper’s Act which promotes segregation.
An active member of PNND, he successfully piloted a Resolution in the Bangladesh Parliament in April 2010 for support of UN Secretary General’s five point proposal on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
In April 2010, he was elected First Vice-President of Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) First Standing Committee on Peace and International Security. He is also the elected Vice-President from Asia Pacific Geopolitical Group in this Standing Committee.
Mr. Chowdhury is the Chair of Bangladesh Parliament’s influential and pro-active All Party Group on Climate Change and Environment – a platform in which a third of all MPs in current Parliament are members. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association (CPA) Task Force on Climate Change.