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The British parliament was asked on Tuesday whether the time is ripe for London to impose limited sanctions on Bangladesh to mount pressure on premier Sheikh Hasina to hold proper general elections at the earliest.

“Does the Minister [of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office] not think that it is time to start applying some form of sanctions to try to get Sheikh Hasina to hold a proper general election as soon as possible?”

Independent parliamentarian Simon Danczuk asked the UK minister of state for foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, during a discussion on Bangladesh in British parliament on Tuesday.

Several other British MPs, during the session, expressed their concerns over Bangladesh's current situationR. The proceedings are available on the UK parliament's website.

In response, Hugo Swire said he, like all those in House, was absolutely appalled by the senseless murders of the LGBT activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy.

“We call on Bangladesh to bring those responsible for the killings to justice. Extremist-related murders of members of minority religious groups and those whose views and lifestyles are contrary to Islam have increased in Bangladesh since February 2015, and we are discussing this regularly with the government of that country.”


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