The United States has encouraged the government of Bangladesh to investigate reports of violence "thoroughly, transparently, and impartially," and to hold the perpetrators to account.
The US also urged Bangladesh to create a safe environment for people to peacefully assemble and voice their concerns.
"We call on all parties to respect fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, and to refrain from violence, harassment, and intimidation," US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said during a regular briefing in Washington on July 31.
He said they are concerned about reports of intimidation and political violence in Bangladesh surrounding last weekend’s political protests.
Miller said free and fair elections depend on the commitment of everyone – voters, political parties, youth groups, and police – and cannot take place in an environment with political violence.