UN Resident Coordinator summoned

Staff Correspondent

14 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday summoned United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo to seek explanation over its statement on the murder of BUET student Abrar Fahad.

The summoning came four days after the UN issued a statement on Abrar killing in which it expressed concern over the campus violence in Bangladesh.

The UN resident coordinator spent over half an hour with Director General of the UN Wing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nahida Sobhan, said a source at the ministry.

An official of the ministry said explanation was sought from the resident coordinator on the statement of Abrar killing that was provided by the UN Dhaka office.

At the meeting, Bangladesh cleared its government stance, saying that the killing was not linked to the issue of any freedom of expression.

It also explained the government position and the actions being taken after the killing, said a Foreign Ministry official.

During the meeting, Bangladesh made it clear that the government did not stop anybody from expressing their views on different platform. After the meeting, Mia Seppo did not speak to the media.

Following the murder of Abrar, the UN in a statement said it deplores the killing of a young BUET student, allegedly for freely expressing his views.

It also said campus violence in Bangladesh has over the years affected and claimed too many lives with apparent impunity for those bearing responsibility.

“Freedom of speech is a human right, and nobody should be harassed, tortured or killed for exercising it,” the UN said. Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of BUET, was beaten to death on October 7, allegedly by some Chhatra League leaders.

Police have arrested 19 people over involvement with Abrar killing.