Thursday , 16 August 2018

HRW: Suspend deadly ‘war on drugs’

Sofian Khan: Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday said that Bangladesh should order an independent investigation into the extrajudicial killings allegation during its latest and ongoing “war on drugs.”
According to local media and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the campaign resulted death to over 100 alleged drug peddlers in the hand of country’s law enforcers. It should be suspended until proper training and procedures are put in place to ensure that security   forces act in conformity with Bangladesh and international legal standards.
“While drugs are a serious problem in Bangladesh, any campaign against them should be conducted within the rule of law and avoid the use of unnecessary force,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Until this spate of killings is independently investigated and proper procedures are put in place to protect the public, the campaign should be suspended.”
Bangladesh NGOs have said that the Bangladesh government should investigate these allegations. “We are noticing that many people are being victimized of extra-judicial killing every day,” 10 eminent citizens said in a statement. “It’s unimaginable in a democratic state and society. Such type of incident is enough to make the entire anti-drug drive questionable.”

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