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US Department of State: Human Rights Situation Worsens in Bangladesh


The US Department of State in its annual report "Human Rights Practices 2007" says the human rights situation has worsened in Bangladesh under the state of emergency.

The report said that under the Emergency Powers Rules of 2007, many basic rights were suspended, including press freedom and freedom of assembly. The report also accuses security forces in Bangladesh of serious abuses.

Citing different human rights organizations, the report says "preventative and arbitrary detentions" increased after the declaration of the state of emergency, particularly after the anti-graft drive was launched, with the arrests of approximate 200 former politicians, government officials and business leaders on suspicion of corruption, extortion and other power abuse.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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