Turning down the March 11 United States state department report on the human rights situation in Bangladesh, information minister Hasan Mahmud on Friday termed the report as one-sided and unacceptable.
‘The report is one-sided and unacceptable. In fact, people across the globe have rights to know about the prevailing human rights situation in the United States,’ he said at an extended meeting of Awami League Rangunia upazila unit of the district.
Hasan, also joint secretary of AL, said that the organisations that provided information and data to prepare the report had lost their credibility in the public eyes.
‘They also submitted this kind of one-sided report on the situation of Bangladesh in the past,’ he said.
Hasan also said that the US gave reference of Amnesty International in the report while Amnesty International had already lost its credibility around the globe.
He said that more than one hundred people died in different ways on the first day of January this year in the United States.
Hasan said that many people were being shot dead by law enforcers in the United States every year.
The law enforcers arrest a good number of people without warrants in the United States every year, he said, adding that, the outside world had the right to know about the situation prevailing in the US.
About Amnesty International’s raising question on the trial process of war-criminals, he said that the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina had ensured the trial of war-criminals.
‘Our prime minister has ensured the trial of war-criminals and the verdicts in this regard have also been delivered. Their trial process is underway,’ he added.
Highlighting the excellent relationships between Bangladesh and the United States, he said that the two countries were working together aiming to uproot the extremism as well as terrorism from Bangladesh.
He expressed hope that the existing ties between the two countries would be strengthened for the sake of the betterment of their people in the days to come.
Senior vice-president of Rangunia upazila AL Abdul Monaf Sikdar presided over the function while its general secretary Shamsul Alam Talukder conducted it.
Mayor of the Rangunia municipality Shahjahan Sikdar, AL leaders Muhammad Ali Shah, Aslam Khan, Swajan Kumar Talukdar, Abul Kasem Chisti, Akter Kamal Chowdhury, Mohammad Salim, Lokmanul Haque Talukdar, Shafiqul Islam, Edris Azgor, Sheikh Fariduddin Chowdhury, Fazlul Kabir Gyasu and Giasuddin Khan Swapan, among others, addressed the function.
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