Health Desk--6 August, 2018: The United Nations (UN) on Sunday urgently called upon all parties to keep everyone - including children and young people - safe on the roads and safe from any kind of violence, reports UNB.
“UN agencies are increasingly concerned for the safety of children and young people caught up in recent protests over road safety in Dhaka and other parts of the country,” the UN office in Dhaka said in a statement shared on its official Facebook page.
It said students and young people have a legitimate right to speak out on issues of concern to them including road safety issues and to have their opinion heard without the threat of violence.
The UN has long campaigned for better road safety across the world and traffic accidents in Bangladesh are one of the major killers of young people.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said, “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 for a mega city like Dhaka”.
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report there are more than 20,000 road fatalities every year in Bangladesh.