Canada appreciated the democratic aspirations of the citizens of Bangladesh. However, it condemned the violence that took place across the country ahead of the 12th National Assembly elections. Besides, the country has expressed disappointment due to lack of principles of democracy and freedom in this election.
Canada said these things in a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada on Tuesday. According to the statement, the basic principles on which Bangladesh was founded were lacking in this election process.
In the statement, Canada called on all parties to work with transparency in the development of democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for the benefit of the people of the country.
Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says fair elections, an effective opposition party, independent democratic institutions and freedom of the press are critical to ensuring a strong and healthy democracy.
The statement also said, ‘We appreciate and support the democratic aspirations of Bangladeshi citizens. Condemn the intimidation and violence that took place before and during the elections. Our condolences to all those affected by the violence.’
Canada said Canada was one of the first countries to recognize Bangladesh in 1971. It is therefore committed to support the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh for a more stable, prosperous and democratic future.