EU, France urges Bangladesh government to ensure freedom of expression

Dhaka : Underscoring the need for thorough investigation into the recent killings to bring criminals to justice, the European Union (EU) has urged the Bangladesh government to ensure freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and to promote respect.

“It ( freedom of expression) is also essential to ensure the protection and safety of all citizens,” the Daily Star quoted European Union (EU) as saying.

Highlighting the recent killings, including the two LGBT activists Xulhaz Rahman and Mahbub Tonoy in Dhaka, the EU also extended its condolence.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the statement said.

“Thorough investigations into these killings need to take place to ensure those responsible are brought to justice,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, France also condemned the murders of Xulhaz, Tonmoy, Rajshahi University Professor Rezaul Karim Siddique and Hindu priest Paramananda Roy.

In a statement, it highlighted that outrageous killings come in addition to a series of murders, occurring in Bangladesh these last months against civil society members, rights defenders and representatives of religious minorities.

“The culprits must be brought to justice,” read the statement.

The statement said that France conveys its condolences to the families and friends of the victims and stands aside Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism.

The case of attacks on people expressing their opinions has seen a surge in the Muslim-majority country. Officially recognised as secular state but critics say the government has failed to address the attacks. (ANI)