Killed in “crossfire”: Allegations of extrajudicial executions in Bangladesh in the guise of a war on drugs

In May 2018, the Government of Bangladesh launched an anti-drug campaign. Hundreds of people were killed by Bangladesh law enforcement agencies in what appears to be a wave of extrajudicial executions. Amnesty International has documented seven cases of alleged extrajudicial executions. In the cases investigated by Amnesty, there was a clear pattern of enforced disappearance followed by extrajudicial executions. There were also serious allegations against the law enforcement agencies of fabricating evidence, especially the witness statements. Amnesty International is calling on the Bangladesh authorities to carry out a prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigation into all suspected extrajudicial executions.
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