Kerry, UK, CPJ condemn Xulhaz murder: US govt offers to help investigation

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, April 26: Foreign secretary of the USA John Kerry, United Kingdom (UK) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have condemned the murders of Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumder in separate statements.

Assailants hacked to death Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumder in an apartment in city’s Kalabagan area on Monday evening.

Xulhaz was a former protocol officer of US embassy, also a cousin of former Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni.

“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence, and we extend our deepest condolences to Xulhaz’s family and loved ones,” Kerry said in a statement issued on Monday.

Kerry said Xulhaz, who worked for the United States Agency for International Development, was a trusted colleague, a beloved friend, and advocate for human rights and dignity in Bangladesh.

“In many ways, he embodied the spirit of the people of Bangladesh and the pride with which they guard their traditions of tolerance, peace, and diversity,” he added.

Kerry further said, “We offer our full support to the government of Bangladesh as they investigate these murders and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“We remain committed to the principles that were so important to Xulhaz, and we promise to support all those who work on behalf of tolerance and human rights in Bangladesh and around the world,” the statement concluded.

Terming the recent killings in Bangladesh as senseless murders, UK Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, in his tweet, said, “The killers must be brought to justice.”

Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Monday, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s Asia Programme Coordinator Bob Dietz said, “Authorities must immediately investigate the murder of Xulhaz Mannan, and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“Journalists and intellectuals are under attack in Bangladesh and the government has done little to end the murderous mayhem or to ensure the safety of at-risk groups,” the statement read.

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