—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
NEW YORK, NY (May 9, 2013) – Islamic Circle of North America condemns acts of brutality committed by police and paramilitary forces in Bangladesh.
Violence flared on Monday, May 6th, in Dhaka City as protesters gathered peacefully to demanding their religious rights.
Late in the night electricity lines were disconnected and eye-witnesses reported that thousands of heavily equipped security forces attacked while the unarmed protestors were sleeping and fired indiscriminately resulting in many causalities. Accurate figures are not available as government enforced a media blockade.
ICNA condemns any type of oppression and indiscriminate killing no matter what the situation is. We urge the United States State Department to take serious note of this situation where the current Bangladeshi government is abusing the human rights of its own citizens and curbing freedom of expression by imposing ban on independent media and peaceful assembly.
We are also saddened at the loss of over a thousand factory workers due to non-implementation of safety requirements by corrupt government officials. Our prayers and support go out to those suffering from these incidents.
Also see: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/05/03/bangladesh-end-unlawful-violence-against-protesters