Extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh : Exploring the phenomenon of human rights violations as a means of maintaining power

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Bari, M. Ehteshamul. (2022). Extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh : Exploring the phenomenon of human rights violations as a means of maintaining power. Emory International Law Review. 36(1), pp. 35-79.
AuthorsBari, M. Ehteshamul
Abstract

When the South Asian nation of Bangladesh emerged as an independent nation on December 16, 1971, the founding fathers sought to establish a liberal democracy that would uphold the rule of law and the fundamental human rights of individuals. To this end, they incorporated extensive guarantees, including safeguarding the enforcement of an impressive eighteen fundamental rights, in the Constitution of Bangladesh, 1972. However, this Article will demonstrate that after almost 50 years of independence, the promise of a liberal democracy has remained elusive in Bangladesh due to, among other things, the frequent violation of the human rights of individuals through the resort to the heinous tool of extrajudicial killings as a convenient means of maintaining power. Although successive governments have resorted to the tool, the current government of the Bangladesh Awami League, which has ruled the nation uninterruptedly for the past twelve and a half years, has gone further than all the previous ones in using the tool to suppress any threat to its aspiration of perpetuating power. The regime’s contempt for the human rights of individuals is further evident from the fact that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not shied away from resorting to extrajudicial killings to put down its adversaries. Thus, this Article will put forward recommendations for ensuring the realization of the elusive promise on which the nation was founded.

Year2022
JournalEmory International Law Review
Journal citation36 (1), pp. 35-79
PublisherEmory University
ISSN1052-2840
Web address (URL)https://scholarlycommons.law.emory.edu/eilr/vol36/iss1/3
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