WASHINGTON (AP) — Bangladesh's foreign minister says a prominent human rights activist whose arrest last month drew U.S. criticism must be held accountable for circulating what he calls "false information" about fatalities during recent unrest.
In defending the government's handling of a case that has garnered international attention, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni appears to misrepresent the reporting that got activist Adilur Rahman Khan into trouble.
Moni alleges that Khan's human rights group Odhikar "propagated false information that thousands were killed" during a police crackdown on a rally by Islamic hardliners in Dhaka on May 5. She contends no one died as no lethal weapon was used.
Media reports at the time cited police confirming casualties in the unrest. Odhikar reported 61 people died.
The U.S. has called for Khan's immediate release.
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