Extrajudicial killings: ASK demands judicial commission

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Human rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra on Thursday urged the government for forming a ‘judicial probe commission’ to investigate into the incidents of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.

ASK executive director Sheepa Hafiza made the demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital while giving her organisation’s observations on human rights situation in 2018 based on news published in different media.

She also demanded for finding out the victims of enforced disappearance on an emergency basis and to sign the ‘International convention for protection of all persons against enforced disappearance’.

ASK senior coordinator Abu Ahamad Faizul Kabir, reading out the report on Human Rights Situation in 2018, said, ‘…overall human rights situation in the outgoing year was alarming and extrajudicial killings continued round the year.’

He also said, ‘A total of 466 people were victims of extrajudicial killings in the year. Of them, 292 people were killed in the nationwide ongoing anti-drugs drive that began on May 4, 2018.’

A total of 34 people were victims of enforced disappearance in the year, of which 19 people were traced later, Faizul Kabir added.

‘Most of those who were traced later are now in jail in different criminal cases,’ he said.

In 2017, the number of extrajudicial killings accumulated to 162, said the ASK senior coordinator.

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