Next general election in Bangladesh will be free and fair, UK envoy hopes

  |  Sunday, February 13th, 2022 |  4:52 pm

Chatterton Dickson has expressed the hope that the 12th general election in Bangladesh will be free, fair and impartial.

He expressed the hope while speaking at ‘Meet The Reporters’ at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) in the capital on Sunday afternoon.

The British High Commissioner also said: “All the friendly countries of Bangladesh want to see a free, fair and impartial election. At the same time, the United Kingdom wants to see transparent democracy in the country.”

High Commissioner Dickson also said it is imperative for Bangladesh to conduct the next general election in a free, fair and peaceful atmosphere to attract more foreign investment to Bangladesh.

Referring to the Rohingya repatriation issue, the British High Commissioner said their shared aim is to see “voluntary, safe and dignified” repatriation of the Rohingyas as soon as conditions in Myanmar allow.

Describing the Rohingya crisis as a “tragedy for all involved,” the British High Commissioner said no one chooses to live in a refugee camp or to host a large influx of displaced people.

“As with so many other refugees worldwide, the great majority of the Rohingya population say they want to return home,” said the British envoy, adding that they are ensuring the Rohingyas and Bangladesh are not forgotten.

High Commissioner Dickson said they raise the plight of the Rohingya on the international stage, including in the UN Security Council. “As a new Dialogue Partner of ASEAN, we support the efforts of the ASEAN Special Envoy.”

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char Island.

DRU President Nazrul Islam Mithu and General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke at the event.