Rights Group Calls Attention To Bangladeshi Human Rights

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Written by Adam Bermudez

The Associated Press is reporting that a rights group has prompted the International Criminal Court to consider investigating human rights abuses arising in Bangladesh, in the wake of recent elections that saw violence in the streets and a voting boycott.

According to the AP,

British Lawyer Toby Cadman said he had filed the request on behalf of the International Coalition for Freedoms of Rights a month after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party won elections marred by violence and a boycott by the main opposition party.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will decide whether to launch an investigation.

Tejshree Thapa, Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch, said Tuesday the group is concerned about the potential for escalating violence in Bangladesh, but believes government abuses haven’t been systematic enough to rise to the level of “crimes against humanity.”

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