UN, EU condemns blogger Niloy murder
9 August 2015, Nirapad News: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh have strongly denounced the vile aggression committed against Niladri Chatterjee Niloy and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, voiced his deep concern over these “gruesome” crimes and their impact on the exercise of freedom of expression in Bangladesh.
He called on the government of Bangladesh to bring those responsible for the murder of Niloy and the other bloggers to justice expeditiously and act to ensure that all Bangladeshis can enjoy the freedom of expression and all other human rights without fear, according to UN News Centre.
In another statement, the EU on Sunday said, “We present to his widow and other family members our sincere condolences.”
This being the fourth such savage assassination in less than six months, the intention of the perpetrators is clear– to suppress the freedom of expression, it added.
“But we’ve learned from history that the people of Bangladesh don’t tolerate intimidation. The freedom of expression is, in the first place, an expression of freedom.”
The EU urged all relevant official authorities to take immediate action against those responsible for these crimes, bring them to justice and prevent repetition of such barbaric acts.
The Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, said in a news release issued that the violent killing of another critical voice in Bangladesh shows that serious threats to freedom of expression persist in the country, according to the UN News Centre.
“It’s vital to ensure the identification of those responsible for this and the previous horrendous crimes, as well as those who may have masterminded the attacks.”
The experts stressed that the organised targeting of critical voices aims at promoting a culture of silence and fear, and affects the society as a whole.
“The Bangladeshi authorities must not only continue to strongly condemn these horrendous acts against freedom of expression, but should also ensure that their words are followed by more effective efforts to ensure greater accountability and prevent this kind of violence.”
Niloy’s murder follows the killing of fellow bloggers Avijit Roy in February, Washiqur Rahman in March and Ananta Bijoy Das in May.
The experts reiterated their call on the Bangladeshi authorities to consider specific initiatives to prevent the recurrence of attacks against writers and activists.
Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.