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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 16:38
Bangladesh drug war : Over 200 killed in two months
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Hundreds of people have been killed in Bangladesh since the government launched a crackdown on drugs in May, according to a local rights group, fueling fears that the country is following the brutal lead of the Philippines.
 
While authorities claim that those who lost their lives were involved in at least 10 drug-related crimes, rights groups say they are extrajudicial killings carried out by police.
 
The group claims that more than 200 people have been killed in just the past two months, while about 25,000 others have been imprisoned.
 
“This is very unfortunate,” he added. “We condemn these extrajudicial killings and want fair investigations into each of these killings.”
 
Bangladesh’s crackdown on drugs has drawn comparisons to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, raising concern that his methods could spread to South Asia.
 
Philippine authorities have acknowledged killing more than 4,000 drug suspects, but rights groups say the actual number could be triple that figure.
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