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Rights Group Blasts Law Enforcement Corruption in Bangladesh


A human rights group says rampant corruption has led to the collapse of Bangladesh's law enforcement and judicial systems.

The Asian Human Rights Commission says the situation threatens democratic development in Bangladesh. It says there is a real possibility the situation may be exploited by Islamic extremists.

The Hong-Kong based group says Bangladesh should stop participating in U.N. peacekeeping missions and quit the United Nations Human Rights Council until it brings to justice members of the security forces suspected of rights abuses.

The government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia says it is committed to protecting human rights.

When Bangladesh was elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council in May, Dhaka promised to establish a National Human Rights Commission and an independent judiciary. But it has not done so yet.

Bangladesh contributes more peacekeepers to the United Nations than any other nation.

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