It is unfortunate that security agencies have been used in a manner that has generated more fear in people’s mind than confidence and faith in them.
Visiting US Assistant Secretary Donald Lu yesterday expressed satisfaction that Rab reduced extrajudicial killings since late 2021, when the US imposed sanctions on the force.
Numbers of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances have dropped drastically in Bangladesh since the US imposed sanctions on Rab and seven of its former and current officials for alleged human rights abuses, the Human Rights Watch observed in its annual report.
“We, the family members of the victims of enforced disappearance, have been leading a miserable life.
The US State Department in its annual human rights report for 2021 stated that there were reports of widespread impunity for security force abuses and corruption in Bangladesh.
Australia yesterday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States.
Condemning the alleged extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, yesterday called for an immediate halt to these serious human rights violations and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Teknaf upazila Awami League leaders would be called to Dhaka to discuss the killing of Akramul Haque with the prime minister after she returns from Canada, claimed a leader of the upazila AL.
Since the government launched the so-called “anti-drug drive” in early May, akin to the Philippines' “war on drugs”, more than one hundred people have been subjected to extrajudicial killings. Although the number and pace of these killings, described by the government as “gunfight”, have been staggering, extrajudicial killing is not a new phenomenon in Bangladesh.