Mzaad

‘Such tactics not conducive to genuine process’: UN on Bangladesh polls

google news icon

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her fifth term in office after Sunday’s vote. The United Nations human rights chief on Monday condemned violence and repression during Bangladesh’s disputed election, which was boycotted by the opposition, and called on the country to strengthen democracy.

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her fifth term in power following Sunday’s vote, after the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called a general strike and, along with dozens of others, refused to participate.

“I implore the government to take the necessary steps to ensure that the human rights of all Bangladeshis are fully taken into account, and to strengthen the underpinnings of a truly inclusive democracy,” Volker Turk said in a statement.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed out that “thousands of opposition supporters have been detained arbitrarily or subjected to intimidation”.

“Such tactics are not conducive to a truly genuine process,” he warned.

Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in a country once beset by grinding poverty, but her government has been accused of rampant human rights abuses and a ruthless crackdown on dissent.


JMG-AD

Turk said that mass arrests, threats, enforced disappearances, blackmailing and surveillance were all methods reportedly used by law enforcement officials in the months leading up to the vote.

He also lamented reported acts of political violence, including arson attacks allegedly committed by opposition groups.

“Around 25,000 opposition supporters have been arrested, including key party leaders, since October 28,” the statement said, adding that at least 10 of them had reportedly died or been killed in custody.

This, it cautioned, raises “serious concerns about possible torture or harsh conditions of detention”.

Many rights defenders had meanwhile been forced to go into hiding and even flee the country, while dozens of people had reportedly been victims of enforced disappearances.

“These incidents must be independently investigated, and those responsible must be brought to justice in fair and transparent trials,” Turk said.

“Violations and irregularities during the campaign and on election day itself should also be thoroughly and effectively investigated.”

The UN rights chief highlighted that “democracy was hard won in Bangladesh and must not become cosmetic”.

“The future of all Bangladeshis is at stake.”

Chancery-Solicitors-Ad-banner-v2-updated
LEXPERT SOLICITORS LLP

Next Post

Table casting in Biswannth and OsmaniNagar

Tue Jan 9 , 2024
Follow us on Google News to get latest news Local politicians engaged themselves mostly building their empire rather than working for people! Sylhet-2 parliamentary seats. Politics becomes a big business opportunity for the majority of people in Bangladesh, party politics and position one thing but becomes public respesentative different issues […]
Table casting in Biswannth and OsmaniNagar

You May Like

Subscribe Our Newsletter

Daily Dazzling Dawn is the first and only international and non-profitable newspaper, which is 100% ownership of professional journalists from Bangladeshi origin with 20 years of experience in global journalism. The main aim of the newspaper is promoting ethical journalism with truth, accuracy and proficiency.

Editor in Chief

Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury

Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury is the Editor of The Daily Dazzling Dawn. Previously, he has been serving in important positions in all the famous national dailies of the Bangladesh since the nineties. He has played a commendable role in journalism by participating in various events at the national and international levels. United Nations Conference, World Climate Conference, SAARC Summit are notable among them.

Quick Jump

error: Content is protected !!