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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bangladesh launches Duterte’s style —war on drugs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Bangladesh' war on drugs, photo compiled from Google
The country of Bangladesh finally starts its own war on drugs after they’ve successfully contained the Islamic militancy that’s been haunting their nation for quite a while. With this movement against drugs, the country’s authorities are focusing on eradicating Yaba that’s a mixture of caffeine and methamphetamine,  that has been a menace due to its popularity with Bangladesh youth.

Around 250-300 million pills entered the country’s market this 2017 and $600 million worth of yaba can be consumed in a year by the country based on an official of Dhaka’s Department of Narcotics Control. Yet their officials have been working hand-in-hand in order to totally eradicate it from the market, setting a 40 million pill seizure record in the same said year.

Human rights campaigners state that Bangladesh drew inspiration from the Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war on drugs.

This effort to eradicate drugs rose controversy, with Bangladeshi-Swedish journalist Tasneem Khalil stating that,

"The recent killings were cold-blooded murders by police and the elite security force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). "I'm not sure how the killings of suspected drug dealers will benefit PM Hasina's party in the country's upcoming elections, but she, of course, is following Duterte's steps."

Khalil also saw these cleansing efforts as a facade since the biggest Yaba godfather, Yaba Emperor is part of the Prime Minister’s party, Awami League which is also a part of the Bangladesh Parliament.
"One of the most notorious drug godfathers in the country, known as 'Yaba Emperor," is an Awami League member of parliament. He controls the drug trade on the southeastern border of the country," Khalil said.

Bangladesh's National Human rights Commission’s former chairman Mizanur Rahman raised his own concerns and stated that,

"By killing suspects during raids, the security forces are violating the country's legal system. These actions will promote a culture of arbitrariness in society," Rahman told DW, adding that "extrajudicial killings are unacceptable in a democratic country."

"The authorities must respect human rights and respect the rule of law during their operations."
An RAB officer defended his comrades against the accusations of these activists and campaigners stating that,

"We were compelled to fire back when they fired at us."

Yet despite the opposition, the government still needs to deal with the fact that its country struggles with its borders, considering the fact that the neighboring Myanmar is a source of the said drug.

Apparently their southeastern border where refugees of Rohingya played their part as mules for drug dealers in Bangladesh. With alot of them fleeing from the conflict of their country, the Bangladesh Authorities could do nothing but cleanse the drug problem by raiding the mule refugee’s employers in the country. Other than that, the vilification of the force that protects your country shows lack thereof patriotism of the accusers. It is a saddening fact yet Bangladesh lacks faith in the capabilities of their soldiers to know what’s right from wrong. Would a regular citizen armed with military training sincerely commit to killing extrajudicially? Because unlike the drug-ruined and violent minds of the narcotic users, traders and godfathers, these soldiers still have their conscience intact.