OTTAWA, Nov. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Members of Parliament Russ
Hiebert, MP and Joe Daniel, MP released a pre-election observation
report on the national political situation in Bangladesh, today.
The MPs travelled to Dhaka last week and met with leaders from a wide
cross-section of Bangladeshi society including religious leaders,
journalists, lawyers, academics, former government and military
officials, and representatives of various civil society organizations.
They heard about the current political situation in the nation,
including various perspectives on the role of the Anti-Corruption
Commission, the Awami League, the BNP, and other political parties on
the country's affairs, and about Bangladeshis' hopes for a stable
The MPs heard serious concerns expressed about Jamaat-e-Islami, a
radical Islamist party, which is still a major factor in Bangladeshi
politics as the organization is well financed and may be gaining
influence within the main opposition party, the BNP.
And the MPs heard about the progress made by the Awami League
Government-appointed War Crimes Tribunal, which, although it cannot
address every wrong committed in the past, has nevertheless served to
bring a measure of justice and reconciliation in Bangladesh where none
Finally, as stated in their report, the MPs observed "a high level of
optimism about the future of Bangladesh, both socially and
economically, despite the current political unrest. There was unanimity
on the part of all those interviewed that political stability is
essential for Bangladesh to move forward, and that a key to creating
that stability is free, fair and credible elections."
SOURCE: South Asia Democratic Forum
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