Eight international human rights organizations have called for an end to brutality and excessive use of force by the authorities in suppressing opposition protests in Bangladesh.
In a statement issued on Monday (November 6), the organizations expressed concern over the developments in Bangladesh.
According to the statement, the BNP organized a massive rally in Dhaka on October 28 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government and free and fair elections under a non-partisan caretaker government. But before the scheduled date, more than 1,200 opposition political leaders and activists were arrested from their homes and various places in the city.
The statement further said that this severe crackdown on political opponents is unacceptable and that there is growing concern about the state of human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms in Bangladesh. We call on the Government of Bangladesh to immediately stop the use of violence and excessive force against protesters and to respect and protect freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
Human rights organizations say we stand in solidarity with the efforts of the people of Bangladesh to establish a just, democratic and peaceful society and call for an end to the ongoing cycle of violence, repression and intimidation against political opponents, as well as the immediate release of all those arbitrarily arrested.
The statement was signed by Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, Capital Punishment Justice Project, International Federation for Human Rights, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Omega Research Foundation, RedRace, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and World Organization Against Torture.