The Commonwealth Youth Council is increasingly concerned for the safety of the young people caught up in the recent protests over road safety in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh.
Young people have a right to speak out on issues of concern to them and have their opinion heard without fear of intimidation or the threat of violence. Freedom of expression is enshrined as a core value in the Commonwealth Charter.
It is a matter of concern that a number of young people taking part in the demonstrations in the capital have been injured this past week.
We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm. The concerns expressed by youth about road safety are legitimate and a solution is needed to ensure the safety of all, including the young people.
In conclusion the Commonwealth Youth Council is affirming it’s mandate by
urgently calling on all parties to ensure the safety of all people- including the young people- and their protection from any kind of violence. The CYC believes in creating safer space for youth development and will continue to champion youth cause within the Commonwealth.