Pointing at the United Kingdom, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said they should see their ‘own face’ in the mirror before giving advice to Bangladesh with inaccurate information.
“This is not acceptable. They should stop this practice,” he told a small group of journalists while reacting to the UK report’s some parts and US issues.
Dr Momen said BNP leader Khaleda Zia is not under house arrest and their information (in Human Rights and Democracy Report) is not correct.
The report was released by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on Thursday last.
Referring to rape cases, the Foreign Minister said the number of rape cases in Bangladesh would be highest 9,000 annually while in the UK, rape cases were 7.33 lakh last year despite the UK population is half of Bangladesh’s population.
“It’s good for us if they provide an informative report, otherwise it’ll appear as a motivated one,” said the Foreign Minister, adding that they should see their own face first before talking about others.
Similarly, Dr Momen said there were 85,000 rape cases in the USA last year and they come to give advice to Bangladesh. “This isn’t acceptable.”
He said the Acting High Commissioner acknowledged that their report should be objective.
"You start writing reports about them. None is an angel. But, blaming someone is not a good mentality. If it is accurate, we will try to correct it," Dr Momen said.
On Sunday, Bangladesh made a protest to the United Kingdom that it was "grossly misleading" to use the words "house arrest" in reference to the current situation of Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).