The UN human rights chief’s statement is biased and premeditated

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The government has commented that the statement of Falkar Turk, the head of human rights affairs of the United Nations, about the 12th national parliament election is biased and premeditated. As an argument for this statement, except for a few isolated incidents, the January 7 election was unprecedentedly peaceful. Which has emerged in the opinion of international election observers and journalists.

These things were said in a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, protesting the statement of the head of the United Nations Human Rights Affairs. According to the circular, the attention of the Bangladesh government has been drawn to a recently published statement about Bangladesh by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Here, the government sees, the OHCHR has unfortunately violated its mandate. The statement misrepresents the reality on the ground, repeating one-sided and biased assessments to use human rights as a political tool. In this context, the government wants to highlight the correct perspective. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the government’s strong commitment to uphold the democratic principles has been demonstrated through the free, fair and peaceful elections held on January 7 with the participation of the people. The election day was unusually peaceful except for a few isolated incidents in a handful of polling stations. This has emerged in the statements of many international election observers and journalists involved in monitoring the elections on the ground. Hence, the OHCHR’s claim that there was violence and suppression of opposition candidates in the election appears to be highly biased and premeditated.

According to the notification of the Ministry of External Affairs, the government believes in inclusive democracy but unfortunately Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) decided to stay out of the electoral process due to the unconstitutional demands of the caretaker government. It is unfortunate that the BNP resorted to violence and killing innocent people to subvert the democratic process, as the party did during the past national elections. Since October 28 alone, BNP workers have killed 24 people including innocent civilians, law enforcement personnel on duty. They set fire to nearly 1,000 public and private vehicles, derailed trains and attacked the train, burning passengers including a mother and her three-year-old child alive. The whole picture of BNP devastation and BNP anarchy across the country has been referred to OHCHR time and again. In this context, it was indeed a challenge to ensure peaceful elections amid various threats, obstruction and violence aimed at destabilizing the country and disrupting its democratic journey.

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