UN concerned over use of lethal force on protests in Bangladesh

Clement Voule

The United Nations has expressed concern over attacks on protests and use of lethal force in Bangladesh.

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly Clement Voule in a tweet on Thursday said Bangladesh must guarantee the right to peaceful assembly and refrain from using excessive force against protesters.

"I am following events in Bangladesh closely, after concerning reports of attacks and lethal force against peaceful protests since July 2022, causing deaths," said Clement Voule.

The UN official added that he also raised concerns over similar incidents in Bangladesh in the past.

"I have previously raised concerns with the Government of #Bangladesh in a communication in 2021, following similar reports of lethal use of force by law enforcement in the context of peaceful assemblies," Clement added.

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A BNP worker named Mokbul Ahmed was killed and over 50 others were injured on Wednesday in Naya Paltan area in the city as police swooped on them amid tensions over the party rally due on 10 December. Police arrested scores of BNP leaders and activists from the party's central office in Naya Paltan on Wednesday evening.

US ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas on Thursday expressed concern over the report of intimidation and political violence in Dhaka and called on everyone to respect the rule of law.

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The US ambassador also expressed condolence to the families of those killed and injured in Dhaka.