Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun on Sunday said RAB is performing duties in accordance with the constitution and rules of Bangladesh.
“RAB has not committed any human rights violation. There is no scope for human rights violations here,” he said while briefing reporters at Patharghata launch ghat in Barguna district on Sunday.
“If any necessity arises after investigation, a case is registered. The case is investigated later. Then investigation of the case goes to the court and verification is conducted,” he added. The RAB chief said, “Besides, we have independent media, we have civil society. Every issue is thoroughly scrutinised from all angles. There is no chance of violating human rights here. Everything is being organised in the light of law and order.”
On Friday, the US government slapped RAB as an entity, and seven former and current RAB officials with sanctions over allegations of human rights abuses, on the occasion of Human Rights Day.
The seven officials include former RAB director general (DG) and incumbent Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed and incumbent RAB Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, according to a press release issued by the US Department of Treasury.
The others are RAB Additional Director General (ADG - Operations) Khan Mohammad Azad, former RAB ADGs of operations Tofayel Mustafa Sorwar, Mohammad Jahangir Alam and Mohammad Anwar Latif Khan, and Miftah Uddin Ahmed, former commanding officer of RAB Unit 7.
The statement said the allegations of human rights abuses by RAB threaten US national security interests by undermining the rule of law, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the economic prosperity of the people of Bangladesh.