UN experts urge probe into Rohingya killings in Bangladesh Sep 18, 2019 0 226 12345 AFPDhakaUN human rights experts have raised new concerns about the treatment of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh following a deadly backlash over the killing of a ruling party official.The experts called for an “impartial” investigation into the deaths of at least six Rohingya men in gunfights with police after they were named as suspects in the killing of Omar Faruk, a youth wing official of the ruling Awami League.Following the murder, local people vandalised refugee shops and staged protests in one of multiple camps now home to a total of more than 900,000 Muslim Rohingya who have fled oppression in neighbouring Myanmar.In a statement released late Monday in Geneva, the six specially appointed UN experts on rights issues backed Bangladesh’s probe into the murder of Faruk.But they added, “it is equally necessary to ensure that the presumption of innocence is upheld and that reactionary, summary and ad hoc justice is not doled out solely to placate the legitimate concerns of the host community.” “We urge the Bangladeshi government to carry out an independent, impartial and effective investigation into all deaths that have occurred with regards to this case,” they said.Police inspector Ali Arshad told AFP at least 40 Rohingya have been killed in Bangladesh since July last year. Of those, at least 33 were killed by Bangladeshi security forces in gunfights and another seven were killed in shootouts among Rohingya groups, he said.Rights groups have accused Bangladesh police of staging many of these gunfights as a cover for the extrajudicial killings of Rohingya, mainly suspects in drug smuggling.The UN experts also expressed “serious concerns” over “tight new restrictions” and a communication clampdown in the refugee camps, where there is an effective internet blackout.The clampdown follows the failure of a new attempt to repatriate some of the refugees and an August 25 rally in which some 200,000 Rohingya marked two years since the exodus.The UN experts said that since the rally, a number of organisers have been questioned and subjected to “intimidation”. “We are alarmed by the sudden crackdown of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,” they said. RELATED ARTICLES India arrests ex-Kashmir chief minister Sep 18, 2019 0 251 Afghan president escapes attempt on life in Taliban attack, at least 48 dead Sep 18, 2019 0 251 UK PM tried to silence parliament, SC told Sep 18, 2019 0 792 India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day Reuters NEW DELHI India’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over .. Daughter of Pakistan’s ex-premier allowed to stay in politics Islamabad: Pakistan’s election commission on Tuesday allowed the daughter and political successor of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to hold a leading political role despite corruption allegations. “The .. Prosecutor can appeal ICC decision blocking Afghan investigation The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was granted permission on Tuesday to appeal a ruling by judges that blocked an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a case that has put .. UN Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission Reuters UN The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a UN political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to .. 20 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines AFP Manila Twenty people, including children, were killed Tuesday in the southern Philippines when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said. The vehicle was bringing a group of people .. Macron signals tougher line on immigration Paris: With an eye on re-election, France’s Emmanuel Macron has signalled a tougher line on immigration, arguing that the government must end its “lax” approach to prevent voters from drifting to the far right. Setting .. Trump’s ex-campaign chief defends him, blasts Democrats at impeachment hearing Reuters WASHINGTON Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and close confidant, on Tuesday stoutly defended his former boss and lashed out at Democrats during testimony to a US ..