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President urged to break political deadlock

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Staff Reporter
Voicing concern over the country’s current political situation, several human rights organizations on Tuesday urged President Abdul Hamid to step in to break the deadlock.
The call was made at a press conference organized by the Federation of Bangladesh Human Rights Organization (FBHRO), a platform of several human rights bodies, at the National Press Club.
Reading out a written statement, FBHRO convener Dr Md Shahjahan said the country’s people cannot move normally due to the ongoing political violence and panic.
Referring to the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s call to the political parties to show restraint and bring an immediate end to the violence, he said the political parties should sit in an effective dialogue responding to the call to resolve the crisis politically.
Noting that 27 people have died and over 700 suffered injuries in political violence since January 5 when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia called a nationwide indefinite transport blockade, the FBHRO convener urged the government to stand by the families of the victims.
Bangladesh Bureau of Human Rights acting president Justice Syed Abu Kausar, International Institute for Peace and Development (BD) adviser Dr Anisuzzaman, Samajik Andolon Sangstha president Humayun Kabir Hiru, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) legal adviser Rezaul Karim and Bangladesh Minority Watch president Ravindra Ghosh were, among others, present at the press conference.