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Human Rights  Watch says Bangladesh Government should respect International Human Rights  Standards


Bangladesh's government must respect international human rights standards as it imposes a curfew and curbs demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said.

The US based group in a statement said anyone detained under the emergency regulations must be charged with cognizable criminal offense or released, and anyone mistreated in detention should be able to seek and obtain an effective remedy before competent authorities.

The demonstrations have come after eight months of emergency rule that has restricted the rights to protest, seek legal action and obtain due process of law, the group said.

Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch that the ongoing repression of emergency rule sparked these protests and the government's heavy-handed response is like oil on a fire.

The protests were triggered by an incident on Aug. 20, when soldiers beat up a student as he was allegedly obscuring their view at a soccer match. Students demanded the immediate removal of an army camp on the Dhaka University campus. The protests spread and became violent, resulting in one death.

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