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Attacks can undermine Bangladesh’s int'l reputation : EU
Observer Online Desk
Published :Sunday, 22 May, 2016,  Time : 8:56 PM  View Count : 72
The heads of European missions in Dhaka have urged the government to break the cycle of recent attacks, warning that these could “undermine” Bangladesh’s international reputation.

The European Union Delegation to Bangladesh said they met Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday and shared their “concerns” on the situation regarding the “multiplication of security incidents”.

The meeting took place at the state guest house Padma.

The envoys highlighted the recent barbaric attacks and growing numbers of innocent victims, including bloggers, religious minorities, human-rights activists, law-enforcing officers and foreigners.

They said these attacks constitute “an unprecedented threat” to human rights and freedom of expression and belief.

“These could undermine the international reputation of Bangladesh as an open and tolerant society and the stability and prosperity of the country,” a statement released by the EU said.

They urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the protection of all citizens at risk.

The envoys “equally supported that law enforcement operations should be pursued alongside a broader engagement towards countering violent extremism”.

They expressed their conviction that “an effective and comprehensive response to militancy includes promoting democratic accountability, freedom of expression, vibrant media, tolerance and the empowerment of civil society”.

The EU diplomats offered to strengthen their partnership and cooperation with Bangladesh to combat terrorism of which Europe is also a target.

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