Bangladesh

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent violence in Bangladesh.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The British Government is concerned by reports of the recent violence in Bangladesh, which erupted following the International Crimes Tribunal's latest verdict in the case of Delwar Hossain Sayedee. We understand that there have been multiple deaths and thousands of people injured.

Opposition parties, Jamaat-e-Islami and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have called for hartals throughout the last week. As the Senior Minister of State, my right hon. and noble Friend Baroness Warsi, stated during her visit to Bangladesh last month, violence and vandalism have no place in legitimate protests. In a statement issued on Sunday, our high commissioner in Dhaka, Robert Gibson, said he deplored the violence and expressed sadness over the deaths and noted the impact on the lives of all citizens and businesses.

We have urged all parties to exercise restraint and will continue to monitor the situation.

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