U.S. urges Bangladesh to probe extrajudicial killings in anti-drug operations

United States Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said the United States has urged the Government of Bangladesh to investigate all extrajudicial killings in anti-drug operations. She said that the extrajudicial killings resulted from counter-narcotics operations by the country’s national security forces. Ms Nauert expressed concerns about reports that at least 147 individuals have been killed and 21,000 arrested since May in operations by Bangladesh law enforcement.

Bangladesh must ensure its law enforcement respect human rights and that their conduct is consistent with international standards and Bangladesh’s own constitution.