August 1, 2013

Blood on the Streets

The Use of Excessive Force During Bangladesh Protests

Map of Bangladesh
Summary
ICT-Related Demonstrations and Violence
Hefazat-e-Islam Demonstrations and Violence
Arrests and Intimidation of Protesters and the Media
Government Response
Key Recommendations
Methodology
I. International Crimes Tribunal Protests and Related Violence
Killings of Police and Awami League Supporters
Killings by Security Forces of Protesters
Security Force Shootings of Bystanders, Including Children
Disappearances
II. Violence Related to the Hefazat-e-Islam Rally,  May 5-6, 2013
Sequence of Events
The Security Force Operation Early on May 6
The May 6 Clashes
III. Government Response
Police Sweeps and Arrests, Intimidation of Victims and Witnesses
Lack of Investigations and Refusal to Register Complaints from Victims’ Families
Crackdown on Bloggers and Media
Bloggers
Media
IV. Recommendations
To the Government of Bangladesh
To Political Leaders
To the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and Other International Donors
Acknowledgements
Appendix I