Uphold right to peaceful protest: EU

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 08,2018 | Updated: 00:38, Aug 08,2018

 
 

Associated Press photojournalist AM Ahad after sustaining injuries from attack. — UNB photo

The European Union on Tuesday stressed the need for ensuring right to peaceful protest in Bangladesh.
The EU also demanded the Bangladesh government to investigate the disproportionate violence against young protesters and journalists and bring perpetrators to justice.
‘We expect all sides to remain calm and to respect the right to peaceful protest,’ European Union heads of missions said in a joint statement on recent violent incidents in Dhaka.
‘Incidents of unlawful or disproportionate violence or action against protestors, journalists or others need to stop; those that happened must be investigated and perpetrators held to account,’ they said.
The school-children’s protests at highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh, the EU diplomats said.
The EU also welcomed the government’s move taken so far as ‘a welcome step’ and said they ‘expect further government action’ to address this without delay.
The signatories to the statement are British high commissioner Alison Blake, Danish ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther, Spanish ambassador D Alvaro de Salas Gimenez de Azcarate, French chargé d’ affaires Jean-Pierre Poncet, Giuseppe Semenza, chargé d’ affaires of Italy, Michael Schultheiss, chargé d’ affaires of Germany, Swedish chargé d’ affaires Anders Ohrström, Dutch chargé d’ affaires Jeroen Steeghs, and Konstantinos Vardakis, chargé d’ affaires of the European Union.

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