UN Human Rights chief urges Bangladesh to review decision to execute 152 paramilitary officers

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Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is alarmed at the death sentences imposed on 152 paramilitary officers in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards were convicted of crimes including murder and sexual assault during a mutiny in February 2009. Another 150 were given life sentences.

Although the crimes committed during the mutiny were "utterly reprehensible and heinous," Ms. Pillay is concerned about justice being carried out during the mass trials.

Patrick Maigua in Geneva asked Human Rights office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani about the High Commissioners concerns.

Duration: 2’58″

 

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