Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Thursday criticised US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter D Haas’ acceptance of a request from ‘Mayer Daak’ and his visit to the house of a person who had disappeared in 2013, terming the incident as biased and politically motivated.
In a statement, DUTA said that the way the US envoy is trying to fulfill the interests of a vested quarter is worrisome.
Terming the US diplomat’s behaviour contradictory, it said that he went to the house of a disappeared person, but didn’t hear what Mayer Kanna, an organisation seeking justice for those who were killed and had disappeared during the regime of Ziaur Rahman, had to say.
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“This type of dual nature has saddened us,” the statement read.
DUTA also came down heavily on other foreign diplomats, saying that their comments on the internal affairs of Bangladesh are obscene and against diplomatic norms and values.
“Countries like the US and the UK regularly tell us to improve our human rights situation, while it’s them who have been providing shelter to the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyred intellectuals. We demand clear answers from them when they talk about human rights in Bangladesh,” according to the statement.
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Prof Dr Md Nizamul Haque Bhuiyan, General Secretary of DUTA, signed the statement on behalf of the teachers of the university.