The EU also said the school-children's protests highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh
The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the recent violent clashes in Dhaka which erupted after the deaths of two students in a road crash on July 29.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, EU Heads of Mission said: “The violent scenes in Dhaka in recent days, particularly where school children and young people have been caught in protests or violent clashes with other groups, are a source of real concern.
“We expect all sides to remain calm and to respect the right to peaceful protest.”
My visit to Bangladesh couldn’t have been more timely! Talking about #SafeSpaces4Youth I admired the resilience of young ppl demanding #RoadSafety & called on the government & other actors to end violence immediately & ensure the safety of young ppl expressing their concerns.— UN Youth Envoy (@UNYouthEnvoy) August 6, 2018
The statement said: “Incidents of unlawful or disproportionate violence or action against protesters, journalists or others need to stop; those that happened must be investigated and perpetrators held to account.”
The EU also said the school-children's protests highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh.
Concerned about the violent scenes in Dhaka, Bangladesh in recent days. Call on all concerned to remain calm and to respect the right of peaceful protests— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) August 6, 2018
“The government's recognition of the need for action is a welcome step and we therefore expect further government action to address this without delay,” the nine envoys based in Dhaka.
The signatories are British High Commissioner Alison Blake, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther, Spain Ambassador D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, Chargé of d'Affaires Embassy of France Jean-Pierre Poncet, Chargé d'Affaires Embassy of Italy Giuseppe Semenza, Chargé d'Affaires Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Michael Schultheiss, Chargé d'Affaires of Embassy of Sweden Anders Öhrström, Chargé d'Affaires of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Jeroen Steeghs, Chargé d'Affaires of Delegation of the European Union Konstantinos Vardakis.