Bangladesh took ‘limited measures’ to investigate cases of abuse: US

Dhaka : The United States has said that the Bangladesh Government took ‘limited measures’ to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by the security forces.

The US, in its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, claimed that the authorities failed at times to maintain effective control over the security forces.

The report listed extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, the killing of secular bloggers and others by groups espousing extremist views, some restrictions on online speech and the press, reports Daily Star.

Other human rights problems included torture and other abuse by security forces, arbitrary arrests and detentions, weak judicial capacity and independence.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington is opposed to the use of torture in any form at any time by any government or non-state actor.

Politically motivated and intraparty violence remained serious problems and official corruption remained a problem, the US report observed.

The US thinks discrimination against persons based on their sexual orientation continued in Bangladesh.

The report described Bangladesh as a secular, pluralistic, parliamentary democracy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) retained power in the January 2014 parliamentary elections. (ANI)