UN voices concern over death sentences in Bangladesh


UNITED NATIONS, Apr 8 (APP): The United Nations human rights office Friday expressed concern over the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal, pointing out that the court’s practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process.

The two leaders are: Mir Quasem Ali and Motiur Rahman Nizami of the opposition Jamaat e Islami.

Since its inception in 2010, the tribunal has delivered at least 17 verdicts, the majority of which have resulted in the imposition of the death penalty. So far, four men have been executed, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).