UN human rights chief concerned over detention of opposition members

Türk emphasizes political dialogue and reconciliation

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has expressed his concern over the detention of a large number of leaders and workers belonging to opposition parties in Bangladesh.

He also laid emphasis on dialogues between the political parties and reconciliation, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday.

“In Bangladesh, I am concerned that thousands of opposition party leaders and activists remain in detention, and that a number of deaths in custody have been reported since October, Türk told the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday while updating on global affairs.

“While I condemn any form of political violence, I urge a swift review of all these cases, with a view to their release, to encourage political dialogue and reconciliation,” he said.

“I continue to be concerned by allegations that the justice system is being used to harass human rights advocates, journalists and civil society leaders. I encourage investigation into alleged enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, in line with international standards,” he added.

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