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Monday, March 1, 2010

AI asks for probe into army role in hill violence

Source: The Daily Star

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Amnesty International has called upon the government to carry out a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the deaths of two Jumma indigenous residents of the Chittagong Hill Tracts after the army opened fire on them on February 20.

"Carry out prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into these attacks and killings to identify individuals, who set houses on fire, and army personnel, who may have used excessive force, and bring those responsible to justice in a fair trial without resorting the death penalty," Amnesty International said in a statement.

It also asked the authorities to ensure that the detainees have access to lawyers of their own choices, family visits and medical treatment, can challenge the legality of their detentions and are not at risk of torture.

"Compensate the victims and survivors of the attacks, rehabilitate the people, who have lost their homes and belongings, and provide them with medical treatment for their injuries," the statement added.

It asked the government to allow independent observers to visit the sites of the violence, and ensure the security of the Jumma indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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