Canada concerned over violence
In a statement issued on March 8, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada is deeply concerned by the escalating and deadly violence that has injured thousands and claimed the lives of scores of Bangladeshis.
He urged all to work towards a peaceful solution to the conflict and reverse the growing divisions in Bangladeshi society. “We also call on authorities to protect the rights and the lives of all Bangladeshis,” he added.
Turning to attacks on civilian and minorities, John Baird said: “We condemn in the strongest terms senseless attacks on civilians, most notably those on minorities in their homes and places of worship.”
Canada has welcomed Bangladesh’s commitment to pluralism and religious freedom, and we encourage further efforts by the government and all parties to promote peace and tolerance throughout the country, the statement said.
“In the lead-up to parliamentary elections, we call on all parties to respect the rights to freedom of expression and of assembly and urge everyone to exercise these rights in a peaceful and democratic manner,” the Canadian foreign minister said.