UN statement on election is biased: Govt Foreign Ministry

UN statement on election is biased: Govt

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 15 Jan 2024, 01:41 pm

Dhaka, Jan 15: Protesting the statement given by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) on the 12th National Parliament elections of Bangladesh, the government has said, "The statement has misrepresented and politicized and biased human rights."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested on Sunday about the statement given by OHCHR on the election issue on January 8.

It is said in the statement that the recent statement of OHCHR about Bangladesh has come to the attention of the government. OHCHR unfortunately violated their rules. The statement repeated politicization and biased assessment of human rights along with misrepresentation of reality. In this context, the Bangladesh government is making the right observations.

It also said that free, fair and peaceful elections were held on January 7 with people's participation as per the government's firm commitment to uphold democratic principles. The election day was peaceful except for a few isolated incidents in a few polling stations, which many international election observers and media persons highlighted. The government believes in an inclusive democracy. But unfortunately the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to stay out of the electoral process on the pretext of unconstitutional demands of caretaker government provisions. It is unfortunate that BNP resorted to violence and killing innocent people to subvert the democratic process. As the party did before the national elections. The statement mentioned that since October 28, BNP workers have killed 24 people, including innocent citizens and law enforcement personnel on duty.