Rights experts slam mass arrests as Bangladesh hunts Islamist killers
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 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