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Activists skeptical over human rights warning
Sheikh Hasina tells Bangladesh police to avoid violations, show professionalismSheikh Hasina urges Bangladesh police to show âhighest professionalismâ
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- January 6, 2011
âYou are the friends of the people. So, remain sincere to your duty towards them. Show your highest professionalism,â the premier told senior police officials at her office yesterday.
The meeting took place as part of a Jan. 4-10 national police week program.
Noting out that police earnings come from peoplesâ taxes, Sheikh Hasina reminded the officers of their responsibility to earn their confidence through working honestly and sincerely.
âEnsure human rights while operating the drive against crimes, terrorism and militancy,â she told the officers.
However, rights activists said they were doubtful after the German-based watchdog Transparency International branded Bangladeshi police as one of the most corrupt institutions in the country
Human rights groups also accused police of indiscriminate human rights violation.
âIâm glad to hear of the Prime Ministerâs concerns but I doubt that they (police) will do things properly,â said Rosaline Costa, coordinator of Hotline Human Rights Bangladesh.
âPoor people, especially minorities are often deprived of their rights. Only about 5 percent cases of human rights violation are properly dealt with and solved,â Costa noted.
However, the government is now more careful on human rights issues and Bangladeshâs emerging media is playing a vital role, she added.
âThe government needs to be totally secular-minded to establish justice and human rights,â she said.
Sanjeeb Drong, a Garo Catholic and general secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peopleâs Forum said that while it was pleasing to see the government taking steps to ensure human rights, it needed to do more.
âWe donât have standard democracy in the country. So, peopleâs rights are violated, mostly of minorities,â Drong told ucanews. com.
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