US expresses deep concern over anti-narcotics operation

US expresses deep concern over anti-narcotics operation

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Mohammad Zainal Abedin from NY
New York, June 13. The office of the Spokesperson of US State Department expressed deep concern regarding the ongoing counter-narcotics operation in Bangladesh. The ongoing alleged anti-narcotics operation irked controversy around the world. Like most of the Bangladeshis, Western countries, particularly America, is alarmed over the random killings in Bangladesh, what observers believe is an extrajudicial killing of the opposition activists under the camouflage of anti-narcotic operation.
The situation prompted the US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert to issue the statement. The full text of her statement is as follows:
We are concerned about 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. We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings. While illegal drugs are a scourge across the world, Bangladesh should ensure its law enforcement respect human rights and that their conduct is consistent with international standards and Bangladesh’s own constitution, which includes a presumption of innocence and the right to due process. We look to the Government of Bangladesh to fully meet its human rights obligations.

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