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The Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh has urged the government to make law enforcement officials “more accountable”.

The Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Mizanur Rahman, has urged the government to make law enforcement officials "more accountable", bdnews24.com reported.

Talking to reporters after visiting the Rangpur Central Jail, Professor Rahman said police investigation processes lacked transparency.

"A single person is being shown arrested more than once by forging documents. Many are being forced to give confessional statements after indictment in false cases," he said.

Professor Rahman urged prompt action on complaints made regarding law enforcement officials to ensure that no citizen's rights were unfairly affected.

"Many detainees have complained to me that they are not allowed to talk to their lawyers. In no way can these inhuman activities be supported," Professor Rahman said.

Professor Rahman said the "very old" Rangpur Central Jail housed 1,969 inmates, although it only had capacity for 1,100.

Date: 19 June 2015

Source: bdnews24.com


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