16 fell victims to extrajudicial killings in April: ASK

16 fell victims to extrajudicial killings in April: ASK

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A total of 16 people fell victims to extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies in April 2014, according to the monthly bulletin of Ain o Salish Kendra, a Dhaka-based human rights organisation.
It says a total of 66 people were reportedly picked up by members of the law enforcement agencies during January-April period this year.
The bulletin says 315 incidents of political violence occurred in the country during the period, leaving 98 people dead and 4,336 injured.About the border violence, the bulletin says 11 people were killed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in April last.
Revealing the violence against the Hindu minorities, the report says 45 homes were destroyed or set on fire in April while 23 temples, monasteries and statues of the minority community were destroyed during the month.
The human rights body asked the government to acknowledge the incidents of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances and come up with a clear commitment to make them accountable.
Ain o Salish Kendra in its bulletin further says the government should provide a time-bound commitment to bring legal reforms to address those human rights violations.
It recommended establishing an independent commission to ensure transparent and accountable investigation and prosecution of alleged human rights violations by the state as well as non-state actors, and reparations for victims.
The government should also promise to initiate both criminal and departmental proceedings immediately after the allegation of human rights violation by the law enforcing agencies, the bulletin says. – UNB

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