US human rights report is disrespectful – Bnp

US human rights report is disrespectful – Bnp

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The BNP has said that the US State Department’s annual report on Human Rights Situation in Bangladesh is disrespectful.
“We do not welcome the report because negative statements such as there is no democracy and media freedom are not respectful for any country,” said Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the BNP, told journalists at a briefing at Nayapaltan.Extra-judicial killings, forced disappearances, restrictions on press and poor working conditions have been marked as the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh, says US State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2014 released on Thursday.
It says that the government took limited measures to investigate and prosecute cases of security force abuse and killing.
Ripon said: “We are now in the opposition, but it does not mean that we are happy with the report. BNP, under the leadership of Khaleda Zia, believes in positive politics.”
Ripon, also the international affairs secretary of the party, told reporters: “BNP is sad as the situation arose because of the January 5 election. The country is being governed without any accountability. The government is in the office depending on the forces that helped in holding the January 5 election.”
He also said that the real scenario in Bangladesh is more dreadful than what the report portrayed. “We believe that a glimpse of the situation was projected [in the US report], not the entire scenario.”
Criticising Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, the BNP leader said: “Inu said Begum Khaleda Zia will be sent to the Kashimpur Jail. I want to say that he is a minister and a lawmaker elected without any vote. We know judges conduct trials. People are in doubt whether small party politicians like Mr Inu are writing judgments.”
He also said: “But we are not saying that Mr Inu will be placed in Kustia Jail. We are not judges. The person who is talking about Khaleda’s imprisonment is the person who invented the politics of bombing and killing in Bangladesh.” – Agencies

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