Jallad : Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia

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Extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearance and torture - these are the tools used by death squads across South Asia. Across the region, human rights abuses are perpetrated behind the closed doors by the 'jallad', or hangmen, of secret detention facilities, while death squads roam the streets with impunity.By using first-hand experience and newly discovered sources, Tasneem Khalil connects these abuses to a disturbing fact - that Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are national security states connected to an international system of state terror, patronised by sponsors like the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Israel.Looking at infamous 'enforcers' such as The Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh, the 'encounter specialists' of India, army units of Nepal, the Frontier Corps of Pakistan and 'the men in white vans' of Sri Lanka, Khalil reveals a huge system of specialists in violence deployed by the state in campaigns of state terror, a bloody logic of domination and repression that lies at the very core of statecraft in South Asia.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335713
  • 9780745335711

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'Not only demands a deeper study of state terror in both South Asia and the world at large, but it also demands justice for all the victims thereof-past, present, and, unfortunately, future' -- Marx & Philosophy Review of Books 'A powerful and frightening document that traces how political independence mutated into a celebration of the growing power of the military' -- Jeremy Seabrook, writer and researcher; author of 'The Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flight from Tyranny'. 'An important message to states to ensure accountability and respect human rights' -- Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch
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About Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil is the editor and publisher of Independent World Report, a journal of human rights and global politics. He has written and commented for the International Herald Tribune, NPR, Guardian, Washington Post and the BBC. He was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2007, following his detention by the Bangladeshi military intelligence agency. In 2008, Swedish PEN conferred him with an honorary membership for his journalism.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction: After the colony

2. Bangladesh: Men in black

3. India: Brutal encounters

4. Nepal: The royal army

5. Pakistan: Agents of the state

6. Sri Lanka: White vans

7. State terror in postcolonial South Asia

8. Specialists on violence

9. International system of state terror

10. A note from the torture chamber


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