Jan 22, 2015 10:37 am


Political parties urged to stop violence in Bangladesh

All political parties in Bangladesh are being urged by the UN Human Rights Office to immediately stop violence that has reportedly killed over a dozen people and injured hundreds.

The Office says the unrest began on January 5 when the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) called on its supporters to launch a transport blockade to mark the anniversary of last year's elections.

The opposition boycotted those elections.

The Office says the government imposed a ban on demonstrations and prevented senior members of the BNP from participating in the protests.

Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN human rights office says what is particularly disturbing is the use of arson attacks in the current wave of violence in Bangladesh.

"A crowded public bus was set on fire on Tuesday, burning to death four people including one child. The same day, a senior BNP advisor was shot at and his car set on fire. Yesterday, another person was killed when a bus was reportedly set ablaze in Kaliakoir, north of Dhaka. We urge all political parties to show restraint and to bring an immediate end to the violence."(23")

The authorities in Bangladesh are also urged to ensure the prompt, impartial and effective investigation of all killings, irrespective of whether they were committed by State or non-State actors, Ravina Shamdasani added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations