TIB voices concern over attacks on quota reform protesters

United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 08:31pm on July 02, 2018

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Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League assault a protester at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

Transparency International Bangladesh on Monday expressed deep concern over the attacks on the members of quota reform movement and demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the attacks.
In a press statement, TIB also urged for quick implementation of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina's announcement regarding quota reform and publishing the gazette soon to ensure healthy environment in the country's education sector.
Referring to the news published in mass media, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, the way quota reform activists were being physically harassed and injured was inhuman, condemnable, and illegal and went against the basic rights of citizens enshrined in the constitution.
In the statement, the executive director also condemned the inactive role played by the law enforcers.
‘Though the movement of the general students to reform quota system was primarily blamed to be a movement against the government, the prime minister ensured the validity and rationality of the movement through her declaration in the parliament’, he said adding that student organisations, teachers and vice chancellors of different universities also expressed their support to the movement.
‘Had necessary steps been taken soon after PM's declaration regarding the quota reform then there would have been no need of waging any movement by the students’, said Iftekharuzzaman.
Demanding exemplary punishment of the attackers, he also urged everyone to be respectful towards democratic values and attitudes.