UN Correspondent from New York, Aug 20 (Just News): Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary‑General said there have been a number of issues recently in Bangladesh, notably a crackdown on demonstrators, and UN refer previous statement of heads of UN office in Bangladesh.
The spokesperson came up with this comment on Monday at a briefing at UN Headquarter in reply to question on Bangladesh issues.
At the noon briefing UN correspondent and Bangladeshi journalist M Mushfiqul asked, “I want to join with my UNCA President by expressing my deep condolences to Kofi Annan. It is a great loss. My question on Bangladesh, the right groups, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, there are call for… to stop the crackdown to the protesters. As you know, these road safety protests going on in Bangladesh. But Government is arresting students, and they are using section 57 of the ICT to control the social media. And, as you are aware, one of the now international leading journalists, Shahidul Alam, is in jail, just he appeared in Al Jazeera on what’s going on in Bangladesh he described. So, what is your observation on these issues as Government is arresting and fighting case and his appearance is going on in Bangladesh?”
In reply the Spokesman said, “I think there have been a number of issues recently in Bangladesh, notably a crackdown on demonstrators, and I would refer you to what our colleague who heads the UN office in Bangladesh has said in her statement, I think, on August 6th, and we stand by that statement.”