UN: Bangladesh Mired in Election Violence and Repression


U.N. human rights office is calling on Bangladeshi authorities to clamp down on party sympathizers allegedly behind violent, deadly attacks against political opponents protesting the results of the country's recent parliamentary elections.The U.N. agency expresses deep concern about the violent crackdown against members of Bangladesh's political opposition before, during and after the parliamentary elections on December 30. The opposition, which claims the ruling Awami League's landslide victory was rigged, has taken to the streets in protest.Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina interacts with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 31, 2018. The U.N. human rights office says it has credible reports of fatalities, numerous injuries and wide-scale intimidation, including the arbitrary arrests, harassment and disappearances of government opponents and minorities. It says reports indicate repressive measures are being disproportionately carried out by ruling party activists, including law enforcement officers.............

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