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Abrar not killed for freedom of expression, UN told

Published : Monday, 14 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 771
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Bangladesh strongly objected to the UN's assertion that Abrar was killed as a result of exercising his freedom of expression, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday summoned UN Resident
Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo to explain the UN's statement on the murder of BUET student Abrar Fahad.
Foreign Ministry's Director General of the UN Wing Nahida Sobhan summoned Seppo at the Foreign Ministry and strongly objected to the UN's assertion that Abrar was killed as a result of exercising his freedom of expression.
The ministry also explained the government position and the 'prompt actions' taken so far and being taken since the killing. Seppo was conveyed that Abrar killing should not be tagged with the issues of any freedom of expression.
Bangladesh observed that UN never issues any statement when a student is killed in the developed world. But then why do they link such incidents in Bangladesh to a suppression of free speech?
Bangladesh raised the issue during the meeting with Seppo.
Seppo spent over half an hour with Director General of the UN Wing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, she did not make any comment after the meeting.
Bangladesh objected to the UN's assertion that Abrar was killed as a result of exercising his freedom of expression is baseless as the deal with India has been the subject of much conjecture across various platforms.
The government didn't stop anyone from expressing their views. It wasn't even aware of what Abrar had written on his Facebook post.
Following the murder of Abrar, the UN had said it "deplores the killing of a young BUET student, allegedly for freely expressing his views."
"Campus violence in Bangladesh has over the years affected and claimed too many lives, with apparent impunity for those bearing responsibility."
It also emphasised that the freedom of speech is a human right and said "nobody should be harassed, tortured or killed for exercising it."
Meanwhile, police have so far arrested 19 people with ties to the ruling party's student wing in connection with the murder.











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