Rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) has condemned and expressed deep concerns over an attack by law enforcers on BNP leaders and activists, when they held a black-flag protest in front of the Naya Paltan headquarters in Dhaka.
BNP organized the program on Saturday, protesting the denial of permission to hold a rally in the city on Thursday and demanding the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The rights organization also condemned the reported arrest of some 50 BNP leaders and activists, and the use of batons and water canon by police to disperse the demonstrators, according to an ASK press release issued on Sunday.
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Citing media reports, it said around 100 BNP activists were hurt in police actions.
“Bringing out processions and holding rallies are among the democratic rights of political parties. Articles 37 and 39 of Bangladesh Constitution state that citizens have their right to the freedoms of assembly, thought and expressions. So, barring them from enjoying their due rights is in no way acceptable,” the statement reads.
BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8 after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage trust graft case.