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Probe anti-drug raid deaths: US

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The United States has expressed its concern over the anti-drug operations in Bangladesh and called for transparent investigations of all the extrajudicial killings during the counter-narcotics campaign.

The Department of State’s Spokesperson Heather Nauert issued a statement on Wednesday from Washington.

“We are concerned by reports that at least 147 people have been killed and 21,000 arrested since early May by Bangladeshi security forces in a nationwide counter-narcotics campaign,” read the statement.

“We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings.”

“While illegal drugs are a scourge across the world, Bangladesh should ensure its law enforcement respect human rights and that their conduct is consistent with international standards and Bangladesh’s own constitution, which includes a presumption of innocence and the right to due process.

“We look to the Government of Bangladesh to fully meet its human rights obligations,” the State Department added.

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