Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), the founder and chair of the Congressional Caucus on Bangladesh, released the following statement welcoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent travel to Bangladesh. Rep. Crowley has traveled to Bangladesh several times and has been at the center of Congressional efforts to strengthen stable and democratic governance in the country.
"Secretary Clinton's recent travel to Bangladesh comes at an important time in the growing relationship between the U.S. and Bangladesh. I welcome the announcement of the U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and I thank Secretary Clinton for raising critical issues like economic development, environmental concerns, public health, trade, humanitarian assistance and human rights.
"While much progress has been made in Bangladesh, many challenges remain. I am concerned about violence in Bangladesh, including the recent killing of labor organizer Aminul Islam and the disappearance of opposition member Ilias Ali. Both of these cases should be investigated immediately and independently, and I am pleased Secretary Clinton addressed these cases with the Bangladeshi government directly."
Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He serves as chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.