Fifteen U.S. lawmakers, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, have urged Bangladesh's army-backed interim government to end emergency rule and hold elections.
In a letter to Fakhruddin Ahmed, the chief advisor of the caretaker administration, the senators, both Democratic and Republican call for an announcement of a roadmap towards free and fair elections within the next two months. They say a vote should be held as soon as possible.
The letter also expresses strong concern over the ongoing state of emergency imposed in January amid a political crisis marked by deadly street protests. An election planned for January 22nd was cancelled and all political activity banned.
While the letter applauds efforts by officials in Bangladesh to address years of corruption, it also calls for due process and a respect for human rights. The 15 senators say they are particularly concerned about deaths that have occurred during Bangladesh's anti-corruption campaign.
The press secretary for Fakhruddin Ahmed Syed Fahim Munaim said that the government has not received any such letter so far.