UN denounces Bangladesh pre-election violence

The United Nations in the present day referred to as on Bangladeshi police to chorus from extreme use of power amid recurring violence and mass arrests forward of normal elections.

The UN human rights workplace on Monday lamented the violence that has erupted at opposition rallies in latest months, with police utilizing rubber bullets, tear gasoline and water cannons.

“Police, alongside males in plain clothes, have been seen utilizing hammers, sticks, bats and iron rods, amongst different objects, to beat protesters,” spokesman Jeremy Laurence instructed reporters in Geneva.

“Many opposition supporters, in addition to some police, have been injured,” he mentioned, including that “senior opposition leaders have been overwhelmed in broad daylight, and their houses raided by folks claiming to be legislation enforcement.”

“A whole lot of opposition leaders and supporters have been arrested earlier than and throughout the rallies.”

Bangladesh’s subsequent normal election is due earlier than the present parliament’s time period expires in January.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Social gathering and dozens of smaller allies have referred to as for protests all through the nation demanding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina step down and the polls happen beneath a impartial caretaker authorities.

Hasina has rejected the demand, saying it’s unconstitutional.

Laurence harassed that Bangladeshi authorities “should abide by their human rights obligations and permit folks to train their rights to freedom of peaceable meeting and freedom of opinion and expression.”

They need to additionally “act diligently to guard in opposition to makes an attempt by third events to suppress or restrict train of these rights”, he mentioned.

The UN rights workplace, he mentioned, was calling on “police to make sure that power is just used when strictly crucial”, insisting that any “extreme use of power have to be promptly investigated, and people accountable held to account.”

Laurence additionally referred to as on the authorities to make sure that these canvassing forward of the elections have been assured “a protected and peaceable setting that respects and promotes political plurality and the expression of numerous views, in full respect for basic rights and freedoms.”


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