The United Nations, the United States and the European Union in separate statements and messages urged Bangladesh government to immediately arrest the killers of secularist publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.They also condemned the killing of Dipan and attacks on Bangladeshi publishers and bloggers and called upon the government to ensure freedom of expression.
The UN stated that such killing should be condemned at all levels of political and religious leadership and steps should be taken in order to prevent further attacks.
“These killings must be condemned at all levels of political and religious leadership in order to prevent further attacks,” said a UN press statement quoting the resident coordinator in Bangladesh, Robert D Watkins.
The UN urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible and expressed deep concerns over threats to free speech.
In a statement, the United States condemned the cowardly attacks on publishers and bloggers Faisal Arefin Dipan, Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, and two others in Dhaka on Saturday.
“Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and the Bangladeshi people. Like the murders of Niloy Chakrabarti, Washikur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Avijit Roy earlier this year, these heinous acts underscore the importance of our governments’ joint efforts to counter violent extremism,” said the statement.
“We stand with Bangladeshis, who reject these vicious acts, and work to protect freedom of expression,” it added.
In another statement, EU Ambassador in Dhaka Pierre Mayaudon said, “This is against freedom of free speech. Government must ensure that freedom of expression and belief is respected”.
The EU ambassador expressed his condolences to the family of Dipan and his solidarity with injured bloggers.
He hoped that the law enforcement agencies and unity of the people of Bangladesh would deter the fanatics from committing further crimes.
43-year old Dipan, the publisher of slain blogger Avijit Roy, was hacked to death in his ‘Jagriti Prokashony’ office in Shahbagh on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, blogger Tarek Rahim and writer Ranadipam Basu were injured in a separate attack at Lalmatia in the city. – STAFF REPORTER