UN condemns brutal killings in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, April 26: The United Nations on Tuesday condemned the brutal killings of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy in city’s Kalabagan area.

“The United Nations in Bangladesh is once again shocked by another series of brutal murders against people expressing alternative views,” said UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert D. Watkins in a press statement.

He said the murderers were targeting a growing range of people whose views “may not conform with those of the majority.”

This was also manifested just two days ago by the horrific killing of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee from the University of Rajshahi.

The statement read that the principles of the UN stipulate that all individuals have an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, and discrimination.

“Violent and brutal acts such as we have witnessed over the last few days need to be condemned by all political and religious leaders and these must be addressed through effective and prompt investigations by the law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice,” it said.

The statement said that impunity will only contribute to a climate of intolerance and lead to further incidents of this kind.

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