13 foreign missions’ behaviour a violation of Vienna Convention: Shahriar

The state minister said govt’s discontent over 13 foreign missions’ statement about attack on Hero Alom would be conveyed to respective capitals

The government today expressed dissatisfaction over the joint statement issued by 13 foreign missions condemning the attack on independent candidate Hero Alom during the Dhaka-17 by-election.

Terming the issuance of such a statement as violation of the Vienna Convention and diplomatic code of conduct, the government asked the diplomats to refrain from “showing undiplomatic attitude”.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said this after today’s meeting with the heads of the foreign mission’s at state guest house Padma.

“We have expressed our discontent over their behaviour that went against the diplomatic code of conduct,” the junior minister also said.

“We will also convey our dissatisfaction to the capitals of the respective countries,” he added.

Foreign ministry high-ups held the meeting with the heads of 13 foreign missions who were yesterday summoned by the government over their joint statement. 

The meeting, which My News Bangladeshted at the state guesthouse Padma at 3:00pm, ended around 4:00pm, meeting sources said.

The 13 missions are the US, the UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the European Union.

In the joint statement published by the US embassy in Dhaka on July 19, the missions called upon the government to conduct a full investigation and take legal steps against the perpetrators of the attack on Alom.

“Violence has no place in the democratic process. We call for a full investigation and accountability for the perpetrators. Everyone involved in the upcoming elections should ensure that they are free, fair, and peaceful,” the statement read.

Alom, who ran as an independent in the Dhaka-17 by-polls, was physically assaulted outside a polling centre in the capital’s Banani on July 17.

On July 20, the government summoned acting UN resident coordinator Sheldon Yett to discuss a Twitter post expressing concern over the attack on Alom.

The tweet was posted by Gwyn Lewis, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, on July 19. Unicef representative Sheldon is serving as the acting UN resident coordinator as Lewis is away from Bangladesh.

Lewis in the tweet said, “The UN in Bangladesh is concerned over the attack on independent MP candidate Ashraful Alom during the Dhaka-17 by-polls. The fundamental human right of everyone to participate in elections without violence should be guaranteed and protected.”

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