KEIGHLEY MP Robbie Moore has chaired a panel event in Parliament focusing on Bangladesh human rights issues.

The event, organised by the British Bangladeshi Community Association, was attended by MPs and several senior figures.

According to Ain O Salish Kendra, a human rights organisation in Bangladesh, there have been 344 victims of 'forced disappearance' in the country during the past six years. In some cases victims have been found dead, and many people remain missing.

Mr Moore described the reported abuses as "harrowing".

He said: "It was an honour to chair such an important discussion on the enforced disappearances taking place in Bangladesh, and it was harrowing to hear stories of human rights abuses from across the country.

"Keighley has a vibrant Bangladeshi community and it is so important that its voice is heard, and that members of the community and their families feel safe.

"These enforced disappearances are an evil method of suppression. They cannot and must not be allowed to continue, and I plan to meet with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to raise this matter with urgency.

"My thanks go to the British Bangladeshi Community Association for organising this panel and bringing the matter to my attention."