3:23 am - Thursday May 25, 2017

Hearing on Bangladesh political situation at US Congress today

A sub-committee of the House of Representatives of the US Congress is going to organise a hearing on Bangladesh political situation in Washington on Wednesday.

The Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific will arrange the hearing, titled ‘Bangladesh in Turmoil: A Nation on the Brink?” to be held at Rayburn House Office Building, according to a web release of the office of House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Chairman Ed Royce.

Ali Riaz, Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Government, IllinoisStateUniversity and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman, President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies and John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch will participate in the hearing as witnesses.

usbdUS Representative Steve Chabot, Chairman of the Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific, will also take part in the hearing.

On the hearing, Chairman Chabot said: “This hearing will be an important opportunity to examine the cause of Bangladesh’s political tensions, the escalation of human rights abuses, and how this all impacts security interests in the region.”

He said the extreme political tension that has gripped Bangladesh is threatening the next year’s parliamentary elections.

On November 5, Steve Chabot visited Dhaka and met top political leaders during his visit and discussed political issues.

He also both the major political parties in Bangladesh should spearhead their campaigns peacefully ahead of the next general election and speak the truth.


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