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‘Deep-rooted plots on against Bangladesh’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Dismissing the allegation of human rights violations against Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said vested interests are hatching deep-rooted conspiracies against Bangladesh and its organisations.

He made the remarks on Thursday when his attention was drawn to a letter sent by 12 rights bodies to the United Nations Department of Peace Operations seeking a ban on RAB members from peacekeeping missions.

“This is nothing new…vested interests have long been carrying out propaganda against the country, state and organisations. We have nothing to say,” he told the Daily Sun when asked for comment.

Twelve regional and international rights organisations have urged the UN body not to include RAB personnel in UN peacekeeping missions for their alleged involvement in human rights violations in Bangladesh.

However, it is yet to respond to the letter sent privately over two months ago on November 8, 2021.

The letter was made public on the Human Rights Watch website on Thursday.

The organisations 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 voiced concerns over the allegations that RAB members are engaged in torture, enforced disappearances, and other rights violations.

They also called for an in-depth review of the agency's role following the US sanctions imposed against the force and seven of its current and former officials in December last.