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US Senate for substantive dialogue

Update : 19 Dec 2013, 07:49 PM

The US senate has condemned the political violence in Bangladesh and urged the country’s political leaders to engage directly and substantively in a dialogue towards free, fair, and credible elections.

The resolution was submitted by Senator Richard J Durbin on December 11 and was agreed in the senate on Wednesday.

The senate resolution said it “expresses great concern about the continued political deadlock in Bangladesh that distracts from the country’s many important challenges.”

The resolution came in the backdrop of the current political stalemate in the country over the polls-time government arrangement.

The senate urged political leaders in Bangladesh to take immediate steps to rein in and to condemn the violence, as well as to provide space for peaceful political protests.

It also urged the political leaders in Bangladesh to ensure the safety and access of observers in its upcoming elections and supported the ongoing efforts made by United Nations Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco to foster political dialogue between the political factions in Bangladesh.

It urged “the government of Bangladesh to ensure judicial independence, end harassment of human rights activists, and restore the independence of Grameen Bank.”

The resolution considered that the “Ongoing antagonism between the country’s two ruling parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, distracts from the important needs of the country.”

About the war crimes trials, the resolution said it had fallen short of international standards.  

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