US concerned over ongoing arrest of opposition leaders

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 23:15, May 17,2018 | Updated: 23:20, May 17,2018

 
 

The United States on Thursday expressed concern over the ‘ongoing arrest’ and extrajudicial harassment of the opposition leaders in Bangladesh.
At a discussion with journalists in Dhaka, USAID administrator Mark Green said that the United States expected that Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia would get fairness in the process of law.
‘That concerns every true friend of Bangladesh, including the US,’ he said replying to a question on political situation in Bangladesh.
He said that free, fair and participatory elections, freedom of association and freedom of press were essential for responsive democratic governance.
On a separate question about political situation with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia jailed in a graft case, US chargé d’affaires Joel Reifman said that the US government ‘expects she receives fairness in the due process of law.’
He hoped that credible investigations would be conducted for actions against people responsible for irregularities in the Khulna mayoral polls.
On Rohingya crisis, Mark Green said that the United States was working for an immediate end of violence in Rakhine and other places in Myanmar, addressing root causes of the crisis for long-term solutions with ensuring safe, voluntary and dignified return for the victims to their villages.
He said that they would call upon Myanmar government to do its part to end violence in Rakhine State and other areas, restore rule of law, allow access to humanitarian workers and media access everywhere in Myanma, according to United News of Bangladesh.
He reiterated that any repatriation or relocation of the Rohingyas must be safe, voluntary, dignified, and based on informed consent.

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