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United States’ threat to ban visas if the fair election in Bangladesh is blocked

United States Threatens to Ban Visas if Bangladesh Elections Are Not Fair

Washington, D.C., May 24, 2023 – The United States has warned Bangladesh that it will ban visas for Bangladeshi officials and their families if the upcoming elections are not free and fair.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the threat in a statement on Tuesday.. Blinken said that the United States is “deeply concerned” about the state of democracy in Bangladesh and that it is “prepared to take action” if the elections are not fair.

“The United States stands with the people of Bangladesh in their desire for a free, fair, and peaceful election,” Blinken said. “We urge the government of Bangladesh to take all necessary steps to ensure that the elections are free and fair, and that all eligible voters are able to participate.”

The Bangladeshi government has dismissed the U.S. threat, saying that it is “baseless and unfounded.” The government has said that it is committed to holding free and fair elections and that it will not allow anyone to interfere in its internal affairs.

However, the threat from the United States has raised concerns about the future of democracy in Bangladesh. The country has a history of rigged elections and human rights abuses. In the 2014 elections, the ruling Awami League party won a landslide victory, but the opposition parties alleged that the elections were rigged.

The upcoming elections are seen as a test of the Awami League’s commitment to democracy. The party has been in power for over a decade and has been accused of stifling dissent and cracking down on the opposition.

The United States is not the only country that has expressed concern about the upcoming elections in Bangladesh. The European Union and the Commonwealth of Nations have also said that they are monitoring the situation closely.

The threat from the United States is a significant development in Bangladesh’s political landscape. It remains to be seen whether the government will take the threat seriously and take steps to ensure that the elections are free and fair.

If the elections are not fair, it could have a significant impact on Bangladesh’s relationship with the United States and other Western countries. The United States could impose sanctions on Bangladesh and cut off aid. This would have a negative impact on the Bangladeshi economy and could lead to further instability in the country.

The upcoming elections in Bangladesh are a critical moment for the country’s democracy. The people of Bangladesh have a right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections. The United States and other Western countries must stand with the people of Bangladesh and demand that the government hold free and fair elections.

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