Headline
** Black smokes billow from the flame as a fire broke out at a shoe market godown at Bhoirab in Kishoreganj on Sunday. NN photo ** Strike paralyses waterways across Bangladesh ** A ball goes past the Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (right) as Morocco's Romain Saiss (centre) and Morocco's Achraf Hakimi block his view from an offside position during the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Morocco at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha of Qatar on Sunday. Agency photo ** FIFA World Cup 2022: Messi leads Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico ** Road crash leaves 3 dead in Chattogram ** PM officially announces completion of Karnaphuli Tunnel’s south side ** Workplaces are still not safe for women ** 10 killed in apartment fire in northwest China's Xinjiang ** Richarlison's second-half brace give Brazil 2-0 win over Serbia ** Son, Suarez subdued in Uruguay-Korea stalemate ** Raising retail power tariff: 3 more distribution companies submit proposals ** 6 hurt in three-wheeler crash on Mayor Hanif Flyover ** FIFA World Cup 2022: Young Spain rout experienced Costa Rica 7-0 ** Japan stun Germany with late strikes at World Cup ** Hundreds of vehicles get clogged with heavy traffic congestion in city’s Tejgaon area on Saturday. NN photo ** Japan stun Germany 2 goals in 8 minutes ** Bangladesh arrests man tied to death-row militants’ escape ** Traffic alert: Dhaka commuters urged to avoid Airport-Uttara route from tomorrow till Sunday morning ** A man dries up fishes at Bakolia area of Chattagram city on Tuesday ahead of imminent winter. NN photo ** Clothing piles up at Bangladesh warehouses as west cuts imports ** Six cops among 21 injured as police clash with BNP in Sherpur ** FIFA World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1 ** Fire kills 38 at industrial wholesaler in central China ** Bangladeshi fisherman injured in firing by Myanmar border force ** Our police are not serious about their professionalism and honesty **

Fair elections not possible if violence prevails: US envoy

29 September 2022
Fair elections not possible if violence prevails: US envoy


UNB, Dhaka :

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas on Thursday said peaceful and fair elections are not possible if there is violence.

He laid emphasis on the free, fair and inclusive elections in Bangladesh and expressed concerns over the political violence in the recent times.

The US envoy made the remarks at “Meet the Ambassador” event organised by the Center for Governance Studies and German think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung at a city hotel.

Representatives of political parties, academics, former diplomats were present.

Haas noted that the number of extrajudicial killings has significantly changed since the sanctions imposed in December last year which he sees as a very good signal.

He said the sanctions imposed by the US against RAB and seven of its former and current officials are not intended to punish but to change the behavior and hold them accountable.

The US touched upon various aspects of Bangladesh-US relations including trade, labour rights, regional and global politics, Indo-Pacific strategy.

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in terms of workplace safety in the export oriented industries, he said, adding that the US still has concerns in the area of labour rights.

Responding to a question, Ambassador Haas said there has been no change in their policy and sanctions are still in place.

And, he said, sanctions will remain in place until there has been accountability and reform.

"We are looking for accountability for the past incidents," said the US envoy.

Talking further on the elections, he said, "I keep saying free, fair and transparent elections in accordance with international standards. I am happy to add inclusive on it."

Zillur Rahman, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) moderated the session.

Tariff
Add Rate