Twelve human rights organizations have written to the Bangladesh Elite Force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to remove it from the UN peacekeeping mission for alleged human rights violations.
The 12 human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), handed the letter to UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix. The letter was published on the website of Human Rights Watch on Thursday (January 20).
The 12 international organizations that have sent letters to the United Nations are Amnesty International, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), Asian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Justice Project, World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights and the World Organization (WOO).
The letter, signed by 12 human rights groups on November 8 last year, was secretly sent to the United Nations more than two months ago, according to Human Rights Watch’s website. However, the UN peacekeeping mission has not yet commented on the matter.
Earlier, seven former and current officers of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were banned by the US Treasury Department for alleged human rights abuses. The country imposed the ban on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the RAB had violated the rule of law and human rights. The national security interests of the United States are under threat.
Later, at the beginning of January, Bangladesh sent an official reply to the United States regarding the sanctions. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. In a letter sent to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on behalf of AK Abdul Momen, he mentioned the initiatives and activities of the Bangladesh government in suppressing international crimes including terrorism, militancy and drugs.
The letter also highlights the contribution of RAB and other women in Bangladesh.
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