Highest ever extrajudicial killings in 2018: ASK

The Daily Star January 10, 2019

Highest ever extrajudicial killings in 2018: ASK

ASK paints grim rights situation of election year

Star Online Report

Independent rights group Ain O Salish Kendra today said 2018 marked the highest number of extrajudicial killings in history, numbering at 466.

Among them, 292 were during anti-narcotics drive alone that began since May and pursued until the national election in December 30, it said.

In 2017, the number of such killings amounted to 162, the group’s ASK’s Executive Director Sheepa Hafiza said on rights situation of Bangladesh.

“We want investigation into all extra-judicial killings,” she said.

Excerpts from Ain O Salish Kendra’s rights situation analysis in 2018:

  • 732 incidents of rape; 63 murder and 7 suicides after rape
  • 1,011 children abused; 283 murder and 108 suicides after abuse
  • 67 people killed in political violence
  • Election violence killed 34: Awami League 19, BNP 4 and 10 commoners


Regarding the incident of rape of women and children, Sheepa Hafiza said: “We haven’t  seen effective trial and punishment that is why these crimes are recurring.”

A combined effort from the government and the general people is required to create a culture of human rights in the country, she added.

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