Amnesty International has offered an apology for “erroneously” marking Bangladesh among conflict and war zones in a social media advertisement.
“We regret this mistake and offer an unconditional apology to the people of Bangladesh and anyone else who has been offended by this post,” the UK-based human rights group said in a statement on Tuesday.
The post has now been “corrected” and measures put in place to ensure “additional oversight” of future posts, according to the statement.
“We acknowledge that Bangladesh is not among countries currently facing a war or conflict, and in fact is at present hosting nearly a million Rohingya refugees who fled crimes against humanity in Myanmar,” it added.
The “erroneous” Facebook post with a photo of war-ravaged Syria last Friday read: “In Bangladesh and across the world, innocent people face attacks, violence and death - just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We fight to expose horrific abuses in times of war and conflict. Join a movement of millions making these stories heard.”
It could not be seen from Bangladesh sometimes later as Bangladeshis started expressing shock in comments.