Eight international human rights organizations have called for an immediate end to violence and excessive use of force to suppress protests in Bangladesh.
This call was made in a statement issued yesterday Monday. The organizations that signed the statement are 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.
The statement was published on the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights website. It is said that they want to express deep concern about the happenings in Bangladesh in the context of the rally and protest of the opposition parties led by BNP. The BNP held a mass meeting in Dhaka on October 28 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government and free and fair elections under a non-partisan independent administration. It is said that more than 1,200 leaders and activists have been arrested around the rally. Apart from this, on October 28, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) ordered to shut down the internet from 11 am to 8 pm.