Dhaka: Bangladesh Police have asked the country’s secular bloggers not to “cross the limit” while writing on religious issues.
“Do not cross the limit. Do not hurt anyone’s religious belief,” Inspector General of Police A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque told reporters on Sunday night.
The “freethinkers” should keep in mind that hurting someone’s religious sentiments was a criminal offence, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
Hoque’s comment came as police were criticized for their failure to solve the cases of the murders of four liberal bloggers in the past six months.
On Friday, unidentified assailants hacked 28-year-old secular blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy to death inside his home here.
In February, writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death near Dhaka University. A month later, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in a similar fashion here while secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered in Sylhet in May.
United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh said it welcomed a new contribution of $50,000 from Vietnam to support operations in Coxs Bazar – home to nearly one million Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.
“We are very grateful to Vietnam for stepping up to assist people living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director, in a statement.
“This remains a serious humanitarian emergency, and continued support from the international community is vital if we are to keep providing the humanitarian assistance that is so badly needed.”
Vietnam’s new aid was announced by the Special Envoy of Prime Minister, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Dzung, during a visit to Bangladesh, according to WPF.
“Although this is a modest contribution, we are hopeful that our support will advance the response to this crisis situation,” he said.
Vietnam joins dozens of other states who have pledged their support to the Cox’s Bazar response since the August 2017 refugee influx, said WFP, which provides food assistance to more than 870,000 refugees per month at the sprawling refugee settlement.
The UN agency also provides nutritional and livelihood support to the host community at Cox’s Bazaar, with the aim of helping the most vulnerable, WFP said.
Sustained aid from nations is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, the UN agency warned.
Over 750,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar since August 2017 to escape persecution and violence by Myanmar’s military in Northern Rakhine State. Thousands of other Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh during previous periods of repression in Myanmar. (IANS)