According to Matthew Miller, a spokesman for the State Department, the US said that the national elections in Bangladesh on January 7 were not “free and fair.” He has also said that the US acknowledges that the Awami League party won most of the seats, but it is worried about the arrests of thousands of opposition members and reports of wrongdoing.
The US strongly disagrees with the violence that happened during the elections and in the months before them. It also asks the Government of Bangladesh to look into reports of violence and hold those responsible responsible. The US backs Bangladeshis’ hopes for democracy, the right to peacefully gather with others, and the freedom to speak their minds.
The US is still dedicated to working with Bangladesh to achieve their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific. They will do this by promoting human rights and civil society in Bangladesh and strengthening their economic and personal ties. Since December 2021, the US has been asking for elections that are free, fair, and peaceful.