South Asia | Rights experts slam mass arrests as Bangladesh hunts Islamist killers

Rights experts slam mass arrests as Bangladesh hunts Islamist killers

June 17, 2016 7:26 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Human rights experts on Friday slammed a wave of mass arrests by Bangladeshi police carrying out a crackdown on Islamist militants, with one saying the country “seems to have turned into a jail.”

Police in Bangladesh have arrested more than 11,000 people in the past week, including 194 alleged militants, in a bid to quash a spate of brutal murders of secular writers, gay rights activists and religious minorities
Police in Bangladesh have arrested more than 11,000 people in the past week to stop a spate of murders of secular writers and religious minorities

Police have arrested more than 11,000 people in the past week, including 194 alleged militants, in a bid to quash a spate of brutal murders of secular writers, gay rights activists and religious minorities.

However, several leading rights experts said that many of the arrests were arbitrary or being used as a way to silence political opponents of the government.

“The government is harassing general people and in some cases, opposition party men, in the name of an anti-militant crackdown,” a Bangladeshi university professor and human rights expert said on condition of anonymity. Read More

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