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Human rights situation in Bangladesh “deeply concerning” — UK

(BNP Communication) — Britain has described the human rights situation in Bangladesh “deeply concerning”, citing allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. Tariq Ahmad, minister for human rights in the UK Foreign Office, mentioned Bangladesh in his statement on the universal periodic review at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Bangladesh remains a “human rights priority country” for the United Kingdom. He said: … allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances are deeply concerning. Pressure continues on freedom of expression and assembly, including in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, as well as broader societal pressures...

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BNP’s two-point programs — Khaleda’s release, polltime-neutral-govt

(BNP Communication) —  Bangladesh Nationalist Party-BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that now the party’s has two-point programs— release of Khaleda Zia and establishing polltime-neutral-government by dissolving  illegal Jatiya Sangsad. Rizvi made the remarks at a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka on Sunday. Rizvi said that BNP chairperson Khaleda and election were related to each other. Rizvi said, ‘Khaleda means symbol of nationalist force, BNP and democracy.’ He said BNP would take part in the next general election under Khaleda’s leadership and under a neutral government. Rizvi said BNP would not participate in...

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KCC election proved fair election still a far cry

US, UN EXPRESSED CONCERN By Faruque Ahmed Rigging election has become a pattern and part of political game plan in our country where the ruling party had always exploited the system and still exploiting it to win elections. What is however noticeable is that the severity of the rigging and its shameless demonstration in open defiance of public eyes has now crossed almost all limits. It is surprising voters turn at Khulna City Corporation election was over was 99.94 percent at a polling center closer to ruling party candidate’s home. At some other centers it was 97.60 percent and...

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UN ask Bangladesh to hold free, fair inclusive polls

By Shakhawat Hossain The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has asked the government of Bangladesh to investigate all cases of arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances and excessive use of force, and prosecute and punish perpetrators. The inter-governmental UN body also called for establishing the truth about the fate and whereabouts of victims of the disappearances.  Furthermore, ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (ICED) was stressed. Such recommendations were made at the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday. Referring to violence and excessive use of force by...

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US disappointed over reported incidents

(BNP Communication) —  The United States has expressed disappointment over reported irregularities and intimidation in Tuesday’s Khulna City Corporation (KCC) elections. US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat made the observation Wednesday, May 16. Expressing disappointment over the reported irregularities, the US envoy says it necessitates transparent investigation and the reported irregularities and intimidation are “very disappointing”. She encouraged all parties to stay with the boundary of the rule of law in the future elections as pledged. The US envoy was speaking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after her hour-long meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul...

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