This time a letter to the European Union to ban RAB

After the United States, a member of the European Parliament has sent a letter to the Foreign Office of the European Union (EU) imposing sanctions on Bangladesh’s RAB. Ivan Stefanek, a Member of Parliament, delivered the letter to Joseph Borel, the EU’s foreign policy chief.

Last Thursday (January 20), Stefanek gave the letter to the RAB to ban it.

“I would like to draw your attention to the volatile situation in Bangladesh,” the letter said. Reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch show the inhumane treatment of Bangladesh’s ruling party. These include significant election change and the suppression of political dissent.

The letter added that the situation was “extremely serious”. This is because the US government has imposed sanctions on the current IGP of the police who was previously the head of the RAB. The ban has been imposed for extrajudicial killings, especially the murder of Teknaf councilor Ekramul Haque in May 2016.

Earlier, on December 10, the United States imposed sanctions on six RAB-police officers for alleged human rights abuses. The ban was imposed separately by the country’s Treasury Department and the Foreign Office on International Human Rights Day.

Evan Stephenak mentioned in the letter about the US sanctions that extrajudicial killings have been going on in Bangladesh for several years. Especially in 2016, the importance of the issue came to the fore with the assassination of Teknaf Municipality Councilor Akramul Haque in a ‘gunfight’. Human rights groups and U.S. senators have long called for a ban on RAB.

Stephenack added that Bangladesh’s administration is largely corrupt and relies heavily on the police.


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