Practice Relating to Rule 55. Access for Humanitarian Relief to Civilians in Need
Section B. Impediment of humanitarian relief
Bangladesh’s International Crimes (Tribunal) Act (1973) states that the “violation of any humanitarian rules applicable in armed conflicts laid down in the Geneva Conventions of 1949” is a crime.
In 2010, during a debate of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the UN General Assembly, the First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh stated:
We are gravely concerned by the serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by Israel [in the occupied territories] … Increasing numbers of movement and access blockades … are worsening the humanitarian situation. Even the flotilla carrying relief supplies to the Gaza Strip in international waters was not spared from the Israeli attacks.
We express our deep concern over the precarious humanitarian situation, and urge Israel to lift its embargo against Palestinians and immediately open all border crossings to allow for the free movement of … humanitarian aid.