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UN concerned by violence in Bangladesh

  • Urges refrain from violence, excessive use of force or arbitrary detention
  • Stresses need to respect right of peaceful assembly
Update : 31 Oct 2023, 01:16 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about reports of violence at political rallies in Bangladesh on Saturday.

"I have been asked about the situation in Bangladesh, and I can tell you that the secretary-general is concerned about reports of violence at political rallies in Bangladesh, in which at least nine people have died and numerous people have been injured," his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said at a regular noon briefing at the UN in New York, US, on Monday.

"He calls on all parties to refrain from violence or any excessive use of force or arbitrary detention. He also stresses the need to respect the right of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly."

Replying to a question, Dujarric, however, said: "I don’t think anyone wants to prejudge the elections."

"We obviously are concerned, as I said, by the violence. We still think that it is important that there be calm and respect for all people’s freedom to express themselves in advance of the elections," he said.

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