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Unjustly violent. Bangladesh police deliberately “kneecapping” – shooting & maiming detainees, journalists & opposition supporters

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Unjustly violent. Bangladesh police deliberately “kneecapping” – shooting & maiming detainees, journalists & opposition supporters

A new Human Rights Watch Report reveals that “security forces in Bangladesh are deliberately shooting members and supporters of opposition parties in the leg and knee. Victims describe police shooting them in custody and then falsely claiming that they were shot in self-defense or during violent protests.”

 

“Security forces in Bangladesh have long killed detainees in fake ‘crossfire killings,’ pretending the victim was killed when the authorities took him back to the scene of the crime and were attacked by one of his accomplices,” said Brad Adams, the Asia director of Human Rights Watch. “Now they’re adopting tactics similar to those once used by the Irish Republican Army and engaging in ‘kneecappings’ of people they have arrested, apparently because they belong to or support an opposition party.”

 

HRW.org’s 45-page report, No Right to Live’: ‘Kneecapping’ and Maiming of Detainees by Bangladesh Security Forces, “calls upon Bangladesh authorities to order prompt, impartial, and independent investigations into all alleged ‘kneecappings’ and other deliberate infliction of serious injuries by members of the security forces. HRW calls on the government to invite the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN special rapporteurs on torture and extrajudicial executions to investigate ‘kneecappings’ and other alleged acts of torture and make appropriate recommendations to ensure justice, accountability, and security force reform.”  Source: Bangladesh: Stop ‘Kneecapping’ Detainees | Human Rights Watch

 

The Bangladesh Government, however, rejected the HRW report, claiming “all allegations against its security forces are baseless.” Asaduzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s home minister, told the AFP New Agency that “security forces had only shot at ‘criminals’ when they ‘try to escape’ or were in confrontation with police.” Source: Al Jazeera News Agency

 

“The Rapid Action Battalion, the special security force of the Bangladesh police, also denied the main findings of the report that were put to it before publication. ‘We have not seen the report yet, but if it claims so, then definitely it is false, fabricated and baseless,’ Mufti Mahmud Khan, a director and the spokesman of the unit, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”

 

“Human rights groups have accused the Bangladeshi authorities of carrying out extra-judicial killings, disappearances and detaining suspects without charge and denying them access to a lawyer.”

 

Australian News Media also published news regarding the same. Footage released shows “Bangladeshi journalist Afzal Hossain crying out in agony, as colleagues stretcher him to an ambulance. He was allegedly shot in the back of his left knee by police, while covering a protest in Bhola district.”

 

“Australia co-operates with Bangladesh on anti-terror initiatives, and HRW said Australian officials knew Bangladesh’s security forces had a culture of violence.” – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 

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