Hundreds Killed in Bangladesh Since Philippines-Style Drug Crackdown Began, Rights Groups Say
Hundreds of people have been killed in Bangladesh since the government launched a crackdown on drugs in May, according to a local rights group, fueling fears that the country is following the brutal lead of the Philippines.
While authorities claim that those who lost their lives were involved in at least 10 drug-related crimes, rights groups say they are extrajudicial killings carried out by police, Agence France-Presse reports.
âIt is unprecedented in Bangladesh. So many people have been killed in such a short period of time,â Sheepa Hafiza, executive director of an organization called Ain o Salish Kendra, told AFP.
The group claims that more than 200 people have been killed in just the past two months, while about 25,000 others have been imprisoned. âThis is very unfortunate,â he added . âWe condemn these extrajudicial killings and want fair investigations into each of these killings.â
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raâad Al Hussein, said in June he was âgravely concernedâ that âsuch a large number of peopleâ had died.
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Bangladeshi authorities began the sweeping measures in an effort to wipe out âyaba,â a cheap methamphetamine pill used widely in villages and towns throughout across the country.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a âwar on drugsâ in early May 2018 after reports of rising methamphetamine sales and use.
Bangladeshâs crackdown on d rugs has drawn comparisons to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterteâs brutal war on drugs, raising concern that his methods could spread to South Asia. Philippine authorities have acknowledged killing more than 4,000 drug suspects, but rights groups say the actual number could be triple that figure.
Last week, Sri Lankaâs president said the South Asian nation would begin hanging drug offenders in an effort to âreplicate the successâ of the internationally chastised crackdown in the Philippines. If pursued, the plan would mean resuming executions in the country after a moratorium of more than half a century.Source: Google News Philippines | Netizen 24 Philippines