The European Union (EU) has assured that it will work with the new government of Bangladesh, led by the Awami League. This information was stated in a statement by the high representative of the organization on behalf of the European Union.
“We will continue to work on the country’s potential future access to the GSP Plus Preferential Trade Scheme, highlighting our long-standing political, human rights, trade and development relationship with the Government of Bangladesh,” the statement said.
It said the EU notes and reiterates the results of the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, a long-term EU-Bangladesh partnership founded on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The EU condemns the violence committed during the elections and calls on all to refrain from violence in the post-election period.
The EU strongly encourages all stakeholders to respect political pluralism, democratic values and international human rights standards and to engage in peaceful dialogue.
“It is essential that civil society, political parties and the media, can continue their work without fear of censorship or reprisals,” the statement said. The EU regrets that not all major parties participated in the elections.’
“It is important to respect and uphold the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, due process and the right to peaceful assembly during this period and beyond,” Bass news agency quoted the statement as saying. The detention of opposition party leaders and activists in this regard is very worrying.
The EU welcomed the authorities’ agreement to publish the forthcoming report and recommendations of their electoral expert mission. In the same spirit of transparency and accountability, we call upon the authorities concerned to ensure timely and thorough investigation into allegations of electoral irregularities.’