The European Union has expressed concern over protest and violent clashes in Dhaka that triggered since deaths of two college students in road crashes.
In a statement released today, the European Union heads of mission to Bangladesh called for remaining calm and have respect towards the right to peaceful protest.
“We expect all sides to remain calm and to respect the right to peaceful protest. Incidents of unlawful or disproportionate violence or action against protestors, journalists or others need to stop; those that happened must be investigated and perpetrators held to account,” said the statement of nine envoys based in Dhaka.
The school-children's protests highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh, it said.
The Government's recognition of the need for action is a welcome step and we therefore expect further Government action to address this without delay, it added.
The signatories are envoys of the UK, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Sweeden, Netherlands and chief of delegation of the European Union.
UN Youth Envoy lauds protests
UN Youth Envoy JayathmaWickramanayake has lauded the student protests. She tweeted: “My visit to Bangladesh couldn’t have been more timely! Talking about #SafeSpaces4Youth I admired the resilience of young ppl demanding #RoadSafety& called on the government & other actors to end violence immediately & ensure the safety of young ppl expressing their concerns.”