Wednesday, November 4, 2009

European Union

Extra judicial killing worries European MPs

By Bangladesh Media; Opposing extra-judicial killing in the name of ‘cross-fire’ in Bangladesh, a group of European parliamentarians Tuesday called for bringing to book the persons responsible for taking law into their own hands.

The leader of a five-member delegation of European Parliament, Niraj Deva, viewed that there should be no ‘impunity’ to perpetrators and that nobody should be kept above the law.

He, however, said they were told that the number of ‘cross-fire’ came down in recent times and the European parliamentarians were eagerly waiting to see Human Rights Commission as an important step in this regard.

‘There are people who took law into their hands and they must be brought to book. Rule of law must be paramount and no one is above law,’ Deva told newsmen at BRAC-Inn Centre.
On the functioning of Bangladesh’s parliament amid boycott of the opposition, he emphasised the importance of criticisms and debates in parliament to make it a centre of policymaking.

‘The Bengalees as a nation love to debate. And if there is no debate, it sounds very unlikely,’ said Deva, a Sri Lankan-origin British member of the European Parliament.

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