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Amnesty apologises for erroneous post on Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:14 pm January 15th, 2020
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The post has now been corrected and measures put in place to ensure additional oversight of future posts

Amnesty International has apologised for erroneously placing Bangladesh among the world’s conflict and war zones in a social media advertisement on Facebook.

“We regret this mistake and offer an unconditional apology to the people of Bangladesh and anyone else who have been offended by this post,” the UK-based rights body said in a statement on Tuesday.

The post has now been corrected and measures put in place to ensure additional oversight of future posts, Amnesty International has said.

The statement said: “We acknowledge that Bangladesh is not among countries currently facing a war or conflict, and in fact is at present hosting nearly a million Rohingya refugees who fled crimes against humanity in Myanmar.”

The "erroneous" Facebook post with a photo of war-ravaged Syria on January 10 reads: “In Bangladesh and across the world, innocent people face attacks, violence and death - just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

"We fight to expose horrific abuses in times of war and conflict. Join a movement of millions making these stories heard.”