The United Nations has expressed its concern over the recent rise of murders in Bangladesh.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday delivered a long speech about the matter to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“I am very concerned about the dramatically increased number of brutal murders in Bangladesh that target freethinkers, liberals, religious minorities and LGBT activists,” he said.
In his opening speech, he shed light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends in human rights around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.
According to a message received in Dhaka from Geneva, Al Hussein urged the Bangladesh government to pay utmost respect to human rights and prosecute the masterminds behind the recent killings.
“I note recent reports of police arrests, and I urge that investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators of these vicious crimes be made a priority, with full respect for human rights,” said the rights body chief.
He also urged all government officials and political and religious leaders to “unequivocally” condemn these attacks on freedom, and to do more to protect affected groups.