DHAKA, BANGLADESH, November 7, 2013 (Dhaka Tribune): Expressing grave concern over the recent attack on Hindus in Pabna and Lalmonirhat districts, the US embassy has urged the government to protect the rights of the minority communities. The call came through a statement issued on Wednesday by the embassy in Dhaka.
The statement read: "We call on all those involved in these incidents to desist from abusing the rights of minorities, and ask all parties to ensure they are stopped immediately and the perpetrators are held accountable."
It asked the government to act authoritatively against those who incited and committed this violence. The statement also expressed concern over the deaths, injuries, and ongoing violence associated with hartals.
"While engaging in peaceful protest is a fundamental democratic right, we firmly believe violence is never the answer." We look to the government of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all its citizens and encourage all Bangladeshis to peacefully express their views," it added.
It also urged all political parties to stage peaceful demonstration programmes to avert violence.