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January 20, 2022 9:00AM EST
UN: Ban Abusive Bangladesh Unit from Peacekeeping
Role of Rapid Action Battalion Should Be Reviewed Following US Sanctions

Bangladeshi RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) Dog squad unit stand on guard at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand on guard at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2021 Piyas Biswas / SOPA Images/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)

(New York) – The United Nations Department of Peace Operations should ban Bangladesh’s notoriously abusive paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from UN deployment, 12 organizations said in a letter to Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, made public today.
Letter to Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Re: Human Rights Screening of Bangladeshi NationalsLetter to Under-Secretary-General Lacroix, Re: Human Rights Screening of Bangladeshi Nationals
Human rights organizations have documented widespread RAB abuses. UN human rights experts have also voiced concerns about allegations that members of the unit engaged in torture, enforced disappearances, and other human rights violations.

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has yet to provide a formal response to the letter which was sent privately over two months ago on November 8, 2021.

“If Secretary General Guterres is serious about ending human rights abuses by UN peacekeepers, he will ensure that units with proven records of abuse like the Rapid Action Battalion are excluded from deployment,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “The evidence is clear; now it’s time for the UN to draw a line.”

On December 10, the United States government designated RAB as a “foreign entity that is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse,” under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Instead of taking steps toward reform, the Bangladesh government has responded to the announcement of US sanctions with denials and retaliation against human rights defenders and victims’ families. Families of victims of enforced disappearance report that officers are showing up at their homes, threatening them, and forcing them to sign false statements that their family member was not forcibly disappeared and that they had intentionally misled the police.

On December 5, the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances voiced concerns that “members of the RAB would be eligible to participate in UN peacekeeping operations, without any previous investigation into their alleged involvement in the commission of human rights abuses or a thorough vetting process.” The Working Group also said that officers involved in, or willing to tolerate, abuses “appear to be promoted and rewarded within the Bangladesh security and law enforcement forces.”

In March 2021, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that “[a]llegations of torture and ill-treatment by the Rapid Action Battalion have been a long-standing concern.” In its concluding observations during Bangladesh’s 2019 review of its obligations under the Convention against Torture, the Committee against Torture stated that it is “concerned at reports that personnel that have served with the Rapid Action Battalion have frequently been deployed for service with United Nations peace missions.”

The UN Committee against Torture recommended that the Bangladesh government “establish an independent vetting procedure, with appropriate UN guidance, for all military and police personnel proposed for deployment in UN peace missions and ensure that no person or unit implicated in the commission of torture, extrajudicial killing, disappearances or other serious human rights violations is selected for service.”

The United States also sanctioned seven current or former officials of the Rapid Action Battalion, including the country’s police chief, Benazir Ahmed, who has a long history of employment with the UN. Ahmed served as director general of the RAB from 2015 to 2019 – a period when there were 136 reported extrajudicial executions and 10 enforced disappearances, allegedly by officers under his command. During this time, former UN Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous appointed him as an expert member of an independent review team for an “External Review of the Functions, Structure, and Capacity of the UN Police Division.”

In a television interview, Ahmed said the US sanctions were based on “false and fabricated lies” adding that people calling for a ban on RAB from UN peacekeeping are “trying to embarrass our government and our country.” In response to the announcement of US sanctions, RAB deputy chief KM Azad said, “If bringing down a criminal under the law is a violation of human rights, then we have no objection to violating this human rights in the interest of the country.”

“The deployment of members of the RAB in peacekeeping operations reinforces a message that grave human rights abuses will not preclude one from service under the UN flag and increases the chances of human rights abuses being committed in UN missions,” said Louis Charbonneau, United Nations director at Human Rights Watch. “The UN should send a clear signal to host and troop-contributing countries that abusive units will not be part of the UN.”

The organizations that signed the letter are:
1. Amnesty International
2. Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
3. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
4. Asian Human Rights Commission
5. Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL)
6. Capital Punishment Justice Project
7. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
8. Human Rights Watch
9. International Federation for Human Rights
10. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
11. The Advocates for Human Rights
12. World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
 

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its right decision if these RAB guys have 0 mercy on own bangladeshis then what peace they will serve to others ? they can kidnap kill torture own countrymen brutally then they can do anything with others .
 

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its right decision if these RAB guys have 0 mercy on own bangladeshis then what peace they will serve to others ? they can kidnap kill torture own countrymen brutally then they can do anything with others .
Yes RAB is infamous from its birthday. It was created by former BNP Jamat Govt.

Now BAL is just a continuation.
 

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an institution did nto change her nature with gov sir . RAB was and is what it is .
Yes sir I understand it. Thank you.

Here is speech of Dr Reza Kibria ( Bengali only ) . He believes that the prestige of Bangladesh isn't damaged!

He demands punishment against those people of RAB who were/are related to extrajudicial killing which is very right demand from Mr Reza Kibria!

 

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Requesting all Bangladeshi users to read this Bengali news throughly.

 

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Yes RAB is infamous from its birthday. It was created by former BNP Jamat Govt.

Now BAL is just a continuation.
BNP did not create the RAB to intimidate the BAL Chetona people such as you yourself. But BAL Chetona govt used this organ to deny people from voting at least in the two general elections through bullying and intimidation throughout the years. Very shameful.

The next election will have to be fair without RAB-enforced disappearance and killing. So, you will be doing your nasty Chetona blabbering only during this year. And after the election, people may hang you and Hasina together.

Now, Hasina is facing the music. Hasina may be taken away to the US for masterminding the killing of Avijit, a US citizen. All the Vloggers were killed by BAL Chetona hooligans like you and your aunt Hasina very conveniently claimed it was done by the Islamists. Now, the real cat is out.

Only after knowing the reality, the US has started withholding its support. Now , when the UN stops hiring peacekeepers from the RAB and Police, they will hang your aunt in the lightpost, So, please wait only for another few weeks. You will see the result of trying to become Queen Hasina.
 
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BNP did not create the RAB to intimidate the BAL Chetona people such as you yourself. But BAL Chetona govt used this organ to deny people from voting at least in the two general elections through bullying and intimidation throughout the years. Very shameful.

The next election will have to be fair without RAB-enforced disappearance and killing. So, you will be doing your nasty Chetona blabbering only during this year. And after the election, people may hang you and Hasina together.

Now, Hasina is facing the music. Hasina may be taken away to the US for masterminding the killing of Avijit, a US citizen. All the Vloggers were killed by BAL Chetona hooligans like you and your aunt Hasina very conveniently claimed it was done by the Islamists. Now, the real cat is out.

Only after knowing the reality, the US has started withholding its support.
I am not a chetona anyway. But you are an agent of Narendra Modi no doubt.

From the beginning my stance is clear and till now I am supporting a 3rd political power.

Look at Bangladesh, other than BAL and BNP hooligans ( because both are theives) majority want a national unity govt under the supervision of united nation! Just wait and see.

The chamchas of Narendra Modi like you will never be successful in Bangladesh. Mark my words.

Hasina will have an honorable exit , and a national unity govt will be formed and it will lead Bangladesh for few years. You ( Modistani agents) can't return CTG which is actually a trap to divide and rule.

https://www.banglatribune.com/politics/other-politics/722273/আবারও-আলোচনায়-‘জাতীয়-সরকার’


And yes BNP created RAB in order to give opposition intense pleasure I'm convinced now from your post. Operation clean heart was such a pleasure where others would get constant orgasm.

RAB was created after such operation , because it was not enough to torture people.

Now don't tell me that operation clean heart was against Bangla Bhai the islamist , as according to your own claim , it doesn't exist in Bangladesh.

But Modistani like you won't mention it. But don't be so excited, as your fatherland's propaganda isn't going to work in Bangladesh again.

You are nothing but a sugar coated poison. I've understood it already! You are a sworn enemy of Bangladesh herself who wants Bangladesh never get out from Indian influence.

Western democracy is a sweet word to deceive people, as you are doing because of other Bangladeshis weak mind setting on various reason!

Again, you over and over again tag me as Chetona BAL , because I'm the only person in this forum who slam your dirty agenda/propaganda.

Just keep it in mind , I'm no BAL supporter, let alone chetona.
I'm well known here as anti chetona from the beginning. I just want balance!

But it's you and your kind who are the pure chetona malauns ( cursed) who pretend to be a friend and stub from behind.

I didn't forget your old days pro Indian color
, unlike many others in this forum who love swimming towards waves.

But I will keep swimming against the waves , i know its hard , but I will be doing so !
 
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People should read this Momen statement about RAB training in the US as if the US has been training RAB to kill opposition people and take away opposition people in the dead of night. Bloody stupid BAL Chetona group!! F"ck you b"stards!!

 

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People should read this Momen statement about RAB training in the US as if the US has been training RAB to kill opposition people and take away opposition people in the dead of night. Bloody stupid BAL Chetona group!! F"ck you b"stards!!

I created a thread based on it and deleted ( if don't believe me, ask forum authority ) Because I was sure that you will bring the same news. Just the news was from the daily star!

I want to see how far your hypocrisy can go. Keep posting tons of news now as you already have been replaced @Black_cats by numbers of thread posting Mr extremely busy man @bluesky, who doesn't have time to read few Bengal articles provided by me.
 
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Well if all these so called "Human Rights Organisations" are after BD, then it simply means they are Trying to blackmail BD to change its stance on something else, something which BD has refused to obey as per the wishes of the West.
 

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For Modistani traitor Razakars ( pretending to be patriot Bangladeshi)

Here is the speech of Dr Jafarullah
. Now you can call him as BAL gunda and chetona goon too.

প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনাকে সরকার থেকে পদত্যাগ করে জাতীয় সরকারে আসার আহ্বান জানিয়েছেন গণস্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রের প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ও ট্রাস্টি ডা. জাফরুল্লাহ চৌধুরী।

তিনি বলেন, আগামী নির্বাচনপূর্ববর্তী দুই নির্বাচনকেও ছাড়িয়ে যাবে। একটা পরিকল্পনা হলো নির্বাচনে প্রধান শিক্ষকদের ব্যবহার করা হবে এবং জেলা প্রশাসকেরা তো অনুগত আছেই। এসব ব্যাপারে সতর্ক হতে হবে। আমি মনে করি না যে তিন মাসের তত্ত্বাবধায়ক সরকার কোনো পরিবর্তন আনতে পারবে। অন্তত দুই বছরের জন্য একটা জাতীয় সরকার দরকার।

Google translate ( partial news )
The founder and trustee of the public health center Dr. called on the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resign from the government and come to the national government. Jafrullah Chowdhury.

He said the next two elections will be surpassed. One plan is to use head teachers in elections and the deputy commissioners are loyal. We have to be careful about these things.

I don't think a three-month caretaker government can make a difference.A national government is needed for at least two years.

Read the rest in news source


So all are now BAL goons even Dr Jafarullah Chawdhury , only Modistani unholy Beimans are patriot Bangladeshi! :sarcastic:
 
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Well if all these so called "Human Rights Organisations" are after BD, then it simply means they are Trying to blackmail BD to change its stance on something else, something which BD has refused to obey as per the wishes of the West.
No. You are completely mistaken. The human rights organizations have been ringing alarm for more than one decade. The gob as usual defied their claim. The gob even had the audacity to refuse visa for the UN observers who were supposed to watch elections.

Then, why the West accepted the vote-stealing two elections? Hasina killed many progressive-minded bloggers and fingerprinted at the Islamist non-existent terrorists. After a blogger killing, newspapers would print some unknown Islamist organs claiming for the killing. The West believed it and kept on supporting the Hasina govt.

Hasina took this opportunity to intimidate and kill the opposition people. The West looked the other way.

However, after the killing of Avijit, a US citizen, the US gradually came to understand that it is Hasina goons who killed the vlogger and not the Islamist terrorists. Now, the West and the UN are taking punitive actions against this illegal Hasina govt.
 

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