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Rights groups urged UN to ban RAB in peacekeeping

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  • 20th January, 2022 07:23:28 PM
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Rights groups urged UN to ban RAB in peacekeeping

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has refuted allegation against Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and said certain vested interested group is deeply engaged against the country and the organisation in motivated way.

He made the remark when his attention was drawn over letter of 12 rights bodies to the United Nations Department of Peace Operations asking ban RAB members in peacekeeping mission.

“This is not new…the vested quarters have continued this propaganda against the country, state and organizations. We have nothing to say,” he told the Daily Sun when asked for comment.

Twelve regional and international rights organisations have urged the United Nations Department of Peace Operations not to include RAB personnel in UN peacekeeping missions for alleged involvenment in violation of human rights in Bangladesh.

However, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations is yet to respond to the letter sent privately over two months ago on November 8, 2021.

The letter of the 12 organisations was made public on the Human Rights Watch website on Thursday (Jan 20).

The organizations that signed the letter are: Amnesty International, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), Capital Punishment Justice Project, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights and World Organization Against Torture (OMCT).

The Human rights organisations in their letter have voiced concerns about allegations that members of RAB engaged in torture, enforced disappearances, and other rights violations. They have also called for an in-depth review of the agency's role following the US sanctions in December last year.