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Extrajudicial killings highest last year: ASK

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Extrajudicial killings highest last year: ASK

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, yesterday said the highest number of extrajudicial killings in the country’s history, totalling 466, had taken place in 2018. It urged the government to form a judicial probe commission to investigate such killings and enforced disappearances.

“We want investigation into all extrajudicial killings,” said ASK executive director Sheepa Hafiza.

She was speaking at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity while stating her organisation’s observations on the human rights situation in 2018 She also demanded that the whereabouts of the victims of forced disappearances be ascertained on an emergency basis. She stressed immediate signing of the ‘International convention for the protection of all persons against enforced disappearance’ in this respect.

As many as 292 extrajudicial killings had taken place during the anti-narcotics drive alone in May last year, the organisation noted. In comparison, a total of 162 suspects were killed by law enforcers during encounters, crossfire, gunfights, shoot-outs and under custody in 2017. The number was 195 in 2016, 192 in 2015, 158 in 2014 and 208 in 2013.

According to the ASK report, the rate of harassment of journalists increased by 70 per cent last year.

 The report shows that the number of journalists harassed rose alarmingly from 122 in 2017 to 207 in 2018.

According to the report, three journalists were killed in 2018. The number was one in 2017.

The human rights body also said that a total of 732

incidents of rape, 63 murders and seven suicides after rape, 1,011 cases of abuse of children, 283 murders and 108 suicides after abuse had taken place last year. Besides, 67 people had been killed in political violence.

 Regarding the incidents of rape of women and children, Sheepa Hafiza said: “We haven’t seen any effective trial and punishment. That is why these crimes are recurring.”

 A combined effort from the government and common people is needed to create a culture of human rights in the country, she added.

 ASK senior coordinator Abu Ahamad Faizul Kabir said: “The overall human rights situation in the outgoing year was alarming. Extrajudicial killings continued round the year.”

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