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EU calls for probe into anti-drug drive deaths

WT24 Desk

Ambassadors of the European Union countries on Monday called on the government to investigate deaths of drug suspects during the ongoing anti-narcotics drive, Agencies report.

In a statement, they obliquely referred to the killings in the ‘gunfights’, which were described by the international media as Filipino president Duterte-styled murder.

“We expect the authorities to ensure that all incidents involving the deaths of alleged criminal suspects are investigated fully and in accordance with due processes,” the ambassadors said.

In the statement, they mentioned that the high level of casualties and reports of the use of excessive force in the drive against narcotics, however, is reported to have resulted in over 120 deaths since 4 May.

The diplomats reminded Dhaka that Bangladesh is committed to upholding rule of law and ensuring that all law enforcement actions are carried out in accordance with the law and in adherence to international standards and norms, including with appropriate safeguards over the use of force.

The signatories to the statement are: Rensje Teerink, ambassador at Delegation of the European Union in Dhaka, Mario Palma, ambassador of Italy, Thomas Heinrich Prinz, ambassador of Germany, Leoni Cuelenaere, ambassador of the Netherlands, Alison Blake, British high commissioner, Mikael Hemniti Winther, ambassador of Denmark, D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, ambassador of Spain, Charlotta Schlyter, ambassador of Sweden, Marie-Annick Bourdin, ambassador of France and Sidsel Bleken, ambassador of Norway.

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