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Sultana Kamal: Extrajudicial killings during anti-drug drives violating human rights

  • Published at 04:08 pm May 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:48 am May 22nd, 2018
Sultana Kamal speaks at Meet the Press at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Monday, May 21, 2018 | Courtesy

Human rights activists expressed concern over extrajudicial killings during anti-drug drives

Human rights activists have expressed concern over extrajudicial killings during anti-drug drives. 

They expressed their concern during a Meet the Press event at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Monday. 

The Center for Social Activism, Network of Non-Mainstreamed Marginalized Communities, and two other human rights groups organized the event, reports Bangla Tribune. 

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“Extrajudicial killings are continuing unabated in the country. This is a matter of grave concern,” said Sultana Kamal, human rights activist and trustee of Transparency International, Bangladesh.

She said to kill criminals including drug dealers in the name of crossfire is a violation of human rights: “The offenders should be brought to justice, but this is not happening here.”

Sultana said it is illegal to use the firearms, purchased with taxpayers’ money, in the extrajudicial killings. 

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Centre for Social Activism’s Coordinator Lisa Hayat said the UN Human Rights Council had discussed the human rights situation in Bangladesh for its universal periodic review during a meeting in Geneva on May 14.

The meeting expressed concern over the overall human rights state in Bangladesh, she said. 

As many as 105 countries came up with more than 250 recommendations for the improvement of human rights in Bangladesh, Lisa added.