Group urges Bangladesh on war crimes proceedingsBy AP News Jul 13, 2011 5:45AM UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An international rights group is urging Bangladesh to bring its war crimes-related proceedings into compliance with international standards.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Tuesday that the government needs to do more to make its efforts to try suspects accused of crimes against humanity during the nation’s 1971 independence war internationally accepted.
The administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrested four top leaders of the nation’s largest Islamic party on charges of genocide, murder, torture, looting and arson related to the war that gained Bangladesh independence from Pakistan.
Bangladesh set up a tribunal in March 2010 to prosecute those accused of collaborating with the Pakistani army in killings and other crimes during the 1971 war.