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Bangladesh summons UN chief in Dhaka over Fahad remarks

The Foreign Ministry has summoned UN Resident Coordinator Dhaka Mia Seppo to explain the intergovernmental organisation’s statement on the murder of BUET student Abrar Fahad.

She met with the foreign ministry’s Director General of UN Wing Nahida Sobhan at 11am on Sunday.

Seppo declined to comment on the matter at the end of the meeting, reports

Abrar Fahad, 21, a second year student of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), was found dead at his dormitory Sher-e-Bangla Hall early hours of October 7.

The dormitory students alleged that Fahad was beaten to death by the university unit Chhatra League men at one stage of questioning him on suspicion of Shibir activist following his facebook post over recent several deals with India.

Police have so far arrested 19 people with ties to the ruling party’s student wing in connection with the murder.

“The UN deplores the killing of a young BUET student, allegedly for freely expressing his views. Campus violence in Bangladesh has over the years affected and claimed too many lives, with apparent impunity for those bearing responsibility,” the UN said in a statement.

“The UN Bangladesh notes steps taken by the authorities to apprehend alleged perpetrators. It encourages independent investigations that should lead to justice being served in a fair process, and measures to ensure prevention of further incidents.”

It further emphasized that freedom of speech is a human right and “nobody should be harassed, tortured or killed for exercising it.”

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