US “concerned” over violence in Bangladesh

The United States of America on Wednesday expressed concern over recent violence in Bangladesh that killed at least 147 people and lead to 21,000 arrests, according to the State Department.

“We are concerned by reports that at least 147 people have been killed and 21,000 arrested since early May by Bangladeshi security forces in a nationwide counter-narcotics campaign,” said the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

“We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings,” she added. The US called on the country to maintain its human rights obligations and ensure law enforcement conduct themselves in line with international standards and Bangladesh’s constitution, “which includes a presumption of innocence and the right to due process.” The killings by security officials have reportedly occurred in the wake of a nationwide crackdown on alleged drug offenders, which began in May 2018.

Source: Kuwait News Agency