The Muslim Council of Britain observes emerging
reports of mass shootings of religious protesters in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi
capital, in the early hours of Monday morning. It is alleged that police fired
live rounds on to protestors with little provocation. With a government
enforced media-blackout underway, the true extent of the atrocity is being
suppressed. British Bangladeshis, second largest Muslim community in UK, have
approached the Muslim Council to ensure the truth prevails.
On 5th of May there was a protest in Bangladesh's
capital city, Dhaka, by a religious and usually apolitical group. While the
contents of their demands may be the subject of intense debate, the protestors
nevertheless deserve the right to life and freedom of association.
We call on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to
investigate the matter as a priority and demand an explanation from the
Bangladesh government, a member of the Commonwealth. UK licence-fee payers will
also want to know why the BBC has not covered the issue with fairness in recent
months and days. We call on human rights NGOs and media in Bangladesh to extend
their humanity to religious actors in their country, who they are used to
framing as oppressors. Human rights and dignity are for everybody.