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Bangladesh urged to heed UN recommendations on torture
Bangladesh urged to heed UN recommendations on torture

Geneva, July 30 (TIWN) Bangladesh should implement the recommendations made by the UN Committee against Torture to end the widespread practice of torture in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

The Committee''s first review of Bangladesh under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment will be from July 29 to August 8 in Geneva.  Bangladeshi security forces were seldom held accountable for serious allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of people in custody, the rights body said.  Instead, authorities have cracked down on rights groups, activists and journalists for exposing these violations.  Bangladesh, for the first time, agreed to come under review by the Committee since ratifying the Convention against Torture over 20 years ago, by submitting its long-overdue state report on measures it has taken to uphold its commitments under the treaty.

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