Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

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US sanctions against RAB and its six officials for human rights violations, what is the meaning of US sanctions against police chief Benazir and RAB officials, allegations of human rights violations against RAB by US senators, how much is RAB taking notice? What could be the reason for the simultaneous transfer of more than 50 police officers working in RAB?

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

Global New News Desk –
Bangladesh has expressed dissatisfaction over the US ban on police chief Benazir Ahmed and some RAB officers. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said the US ambassador to Dhaka, Earl R. Miller, had been summoned to the State Department today to express his dissatisfaction.

“We have called the US ambassador this morning. My foreign secretary has discussed it. It is a big surprise that this has happened,” the minister said in response to a question from reporters after a function in Dhaka on Saturday.

Foreign Secretary Masood Momen was with him at the time, but he declined to comment.

However, a later statement from the State Department said that Bangladesh had expressed dissatisfaction with US Ambassador Earl R. Miller over the ban on police and RAB chiefs.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Miller told the foreign secretary that he would convey the Bangladesh government’s concerns to his government.
On Friday, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on a total of 10 organizations and 15 individuals from various countries, including Bangladesh, who were found to be involved in human rights abuses and harassment.

Among the banned organizations and individuals are RAB and its former DG, current police chief Benazir Ahmed and RAB’s current DG Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, among others.

Due to the sanctions, they will not receive a visa to the United States, and may even have their assets confiscated in the United States.

Though there was a commotion in Bangladesh on Friday night over the ban, no response was received from the government, police or RAB.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

What AK Abdul Momen said:

After addressing a function in Dhaka in the morning, in response to the question of the journalists, Mr. expressed the issue of summoning the ambassador. Momen.

Responding to a question from reporters, he pointed to the ban on Bangladesh’s police chief and RAB DG, saying “it is very sad. Some NGOs and human rights groups have complained.”

Mr. Momen claims that six million people go missing in the United States each year, but the US government does not know how.

He also said that the US police kill thousands of people every year in the line of duty. The United States should be informed. ”

“No head of state is punished for the six million people who go missing in the United States,” he said.

“And here’s a new way of saying to the head of the institution – these are mischievous attempts. Some people are missing in all countries. These are tragic.”

“Developed and mature countries like the United States take many steps that are immature. In many countries, their steps have not been good for anyone, not even for the American people,” he said.

“In fact, the developing countries, the governments of the countries that do good deeds are often attacked. If you do good deeds, then there is a problem. In many countries, people were satisfied. By “.

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

There is no deliberate crossfire – Home Minister

Meanwhile, Asaduzzaman Khan, the head of the Interior Ministry under the RAB, did not respond directly to the RAB officials on the issue of US sanctions, but said that no one in Bangladesh can crossfire or shoot on purpose.

“Our system is beautiful. No one can crossfire on purpose or shoot on purpose. It seems to us that there was a good reason behind these incidents,” he said at a function in Dhaka. Eat.

“No comment can be made without looking at the issue of US sanctions. But the reason for the sanctions is a judicial inquiry into what happened, whether it was an accident or negligence,” he said.

The home minister said security forces may often fire to save lives when terrorists fire firearms.

“But it is being investigated whether it was reasonable. Now we have not seen before why it was given (ban). What is the purpose of it,” he said.

Restrictions on:

The United States has imposed sanctions on Bangladesh’s Special Police Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and six of its officers for alleged involvement in “grave human rights abuses.”

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

The news was released in a press release issued by the US Treasury Department.

On Friday, International Human Rights Day, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) visited a total of 10 countries.

It is imposing sanctions on Tisthan and 15 other individuals – who are involved in human rights abuses and harassment.

The six officers mentioned in the notification are: Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun (current Director General of RAB), Benazir Ahmed (former Director General of RAB, January 2015-April 2020), Khan Mohammad Azad (current Additional Director General-Operations), Tofail Mustafa Sarwar (former Additional Director General). -Operations, June 2019-March 2021), Mohammad Jahangir Alam (Former Additional Director General-Operations, September 2017-June 2019), and Mohammad Anwar Latif Khan (Former Additional Director General-Operations, April-2017-September 2017).

The State Department announced today that it would impose visa restrictions on Benazir Ahmed for his alleged involvement in serious human rights abuses, making him ineligible to enter the United States.

 

US imposes sanctions on RAB and six other officials for human rights abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on Bangladesh’s Special Police Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and six of its officers for alleged involvement in “grave human rights abuses.”

The news was released in a press release issued by the US Treasury Department.

On Friday, International Human Rights Day, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on a total of 10 organizations and 15 individuals involved in human rights abuses and persecution.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

Ban on six RAB officers

The six officers mentioned in the notification are: Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun (current Director General of RAB), Benazir Ahmed (former Director General of RAB, January 2015-April 2020), Khan Mohammad Azad (current Additional Director General-Operations), Tofail Mustafa Sarwar (former Additional Director General). -Operations, June 2019-March 2021), Mohammad Jahangir Alam (Former Additional Director General-Operations, September 2017-June 2019), and Mohammad Anwar Latif Khan (Former Additional Director General-Operations, April-2017-September 2017).

The State Department announced today that it would impose visa restrictions on Benazir Ahmed for his alleged involvement in serious human rights abuses, making him ineligible to enter the United States.
Home Minister’s response

No response has been received from the RAB yet.

However, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has spoken to BBC Bangla correspondent Qadir Kallol. The minister told him they had not yet seen the notice, and would respond after seeing it.

‘About 600 extrajudicial killings’

The statement said non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh have blamed RAB and other law enforcement agencies for more than 700 extrajudicial killings, disappearances of more than 600 people and torture since 2009.
Some reports suggest that members of the opposition, journalists and human rights activists have been targeted in the incidents.

It called for the imposition of sanctions on Bangladesh’s Special Police Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and its six officers on charges of “direct or indirect involvement in serious human rights violations.”

It said “widespread allegations of serious human rights abuses against the RAB during the anti-drug campaign in Bangladesh – undermining the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the economic development of the people of Bangladesh – threaten US national security interests.”

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

What does the US sanctions against police chief Benazir Bhutto and RAB officials mean?

The United States has imposed sanctions on Bangladesh’s elite force, the Rapid Action Battalion, known as RAB, and six of its current and former officers for alleged involvement in “grave human rights abuses.” They will also be considered ineligible to enter the United States.

And the RAB, as an organization, may be receiving support from the United States and its allies.

At the same time, four other current and former RAB officials, including the banned Benazir Ahmed and RAB director general Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, may have their assets confiscated abroad.

On Friday, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on a total of 10 organizations and 15 individuals from various countries, including Bangladesh, who were found to be involved in human rights abuses and harassment.

However, the Home Minister of Bangladesh said that they have not seen the report of the United States yet and will respond to them after seeing it.

But all of a sudden, apart from the police chief and the RAB chief of Bangladesh, various analyzes are going on about the reaction to such a ban on the six officers who have important responsibilities in the RAB at different times.

What is the reason for such a decision of the United States?

At the RAB headquarters in Dhaka, the RAB operates through eleven wings and has fifteen battalions of armed forces and police personnel across the country. Earlier, there an example of arrest of an army officer after the incident of disappearance and murder leaked.

Ali Riaz, a political analyst and professor at Illinois State University in the United States, says late For a long time now, human rights groups have been talking to the US administration about such allegations against the RAB.

“What’s worse is that in October of last year, eight members of the Senate wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made some clear allegations against the RAB.

Usually the US Treasury and State Department work together on these issues. It said that the action taken on the basis of clear and precise information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the statement of the Department of Finance or Treasury.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

What will be the result of this ban?

The elite force called RAB under Bangladesh Police started its journey in 2004 during the BNP government. From the very beginning, human rights organizations have been sharply critical of the nature of its work and its activities.

But this is the first time the US administration has made such a statement on disappearances. That is why discussions have started in various quarters about the reaction.

Analyst Ali Riaz says one of them is administrative. In other words, the assistance that RAB received as an organization or involved in various activities or receiving assistance from abroad may canceled due to the ban.

According to him, that is normal, because the allies of the United States will no longer cooperate with them after the sanctions.

Usually some message given through this kind of system. That is, the United States taking the allegations against the RAB as an organization. Specifically, there is talk of sanctions against certain individuals.

“If they have assets, the United States can confiscate them. Benazir Ahmed cannot go to the United States. Specifically, he will considered ineligible to enter the United States,” he said. Riaz.

But he thinks the biggest issue is diplomatic pressure. As a result of the sanctions, there is now a great deal of diplomatic pressure on the Bangladesh government.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

Now why such a step?

Human rights organizations in Bangladesh have been raising various allegations against the RAB for a long time, including disappearances and murders. After the revelation of the murder of Councilor Ekram in Cox’s Bazar, there was a storm of discussion in the international arena.

Earlier, a court had sentenced 17 RAB members to death in connection with the abduction and murder of seven people in Narayanganj, which is still pending in the high court.

However, when the militant group JMB emerged in Bangladesh, the arrest of key militants, including Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam, also known as Bangla Bhai, seen as a success the RAB.

But in the 18 years since the establishment of RAB, various incidents of extrajudicial killings or disappearances have brought the force into controversy so.

The US Treasury Department says at least 600 people have reported missing in Bangladesh’s elite police force.

 

A report in the Treasury Department on Friday states that “widespread allegations of serious human rights abuses against RAB during the anti-drug campaign in Bangladesh – undermining the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms, and economic development of the people of Bangladesh – threaten US national security interests.”

Ali Riaz says the current Biden administration in the United States has repeatedly spoken of human rights and democracy, and is currently holding a virtual conference on democracy in Washington. Where one issue is human rights so.

Again, pressure put on the US State Department from the Senate. There were eight members pressuring.

As a result, there has been pressure since the Congress. And the second new administration tried from the beginning to say that human rights, democracy and authoritarianism would given importance. Measures being taken in accordance with it. And it being taken with many countries, not just Bangladesh so.

Mr. about the current reason. Riaz thinks the new administration is actually trying to set an

example by taking effective action.

 

US senators accuse RAB of human rights violations, how much is RAB taking notice?

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has sent an official letter to the administration seeking to impose sanctions on senior RAB officers.

The letter alleges that RAB has involved in extrajudicial killings of more than 400 people in Bangladesh since 2015.

The 10-member Senate committee, in a letter to Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and

Treasury Secretary Steven Nukhin, expressed concern that “extrajudicial killings have

increased during the Bangladesh government’s ‘war on drugs’ ahead of the December 2016 elections.”

The senators’ letter alleges that senior RAB officials did not face any punishment for their

involvement in extrajudicial killings as well as human rights violations by engaging in

activities such as disappearances and torture.

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

What allegations have made in the letter?

 

The letter from the US senators, citing UN experts, alleged that the Bangladeshi authorities’ “war on drugs” campaign seen as a “deliberate act of extrajudicial killings”.

The letter alleges – UN experts call on Bangladesh government to take steps to stop

extrajudicial killings and torture, keeping in mind the rule of law and human rights situation.

Despite being informed, RAB  continued their activities.

Although the letter cited “gunfights” as the cause of almost all of the RAB’s “managed” extrajudicial killings, the letter alleges that human rights groups have in many cases found no evidence of gunfights so.

Several other human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have accused of forcibly giving “false testimony to witnesses at gunpoint”. Many of those killed in the “gun battles” forcibly disappeared a few days or months before they killed so.

The senators wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Nukhin, urging US authorities to impose specific sanctions on senior RAB commanders under US law so.

What is Radhab saying?

The RAB has denied the allegations in a letter to the US Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury.

The agency has raised its position against the senators’ allegations.

Ashiq Billah, Director of RAB’s Legal and Media Wing, told BBC Bangla:

“RAB not involved in extrajudicial killings, disappearances or torture, and RAB does not support such activities.”

However, Mr. Ashiq Billah admits that sometimes there are incidents of exchanging fire with ‘armed terrorists and drug dealers’ during operations.

“Occasionally there is an exchange of fire with armed drug dealers or armed terrorists

during raids to apprehend criminals,” he said.

“But the RAB does not support incidents like extrajudicial killings and not involved in

such incidents,” the RAB official told the BBC.

 

What could be the reason for the simultaneous transfer of more than 50 police officers working in RAB?

The simultaneous transfer of more than 50 police officers serving in the Special Forces RAB

in Bangladesh has caused a great deal of controversy.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

 

A former police officer and security analysts described the incident as “unprecedented”.

They said the question could raised as to whether the RAB has increased the

psychological tension or conflict between officers from different forces, including the police and the army.

However, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said there were no tensions or problems in the RAB.

A total of 51 police officers working in the RAB have transferred simultaneously and

given time till June 3 to hand over their current workplace responsibilities.

The transfer order issued by the police headquarters last Thursday stated that if the

officers did not hand over their responsibilities within the stipulated time, they would be on stand-by-release the next day.

The list of transfers includes Additional Superintendent of Police and Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Former Additional Inspector General of Police Mokhlesur Rahman said that there was no precedent for taking back so many officers from one organization to another.

“After hearing the news in the media, I thought to myself that this is a strange thing to happen. And such a big transfer, to bring it back has never seen in the past. : Rahman.

At the same time, he said, “but from the outside, it seems, there was an information gap or

information loophole here. That’s why after posting some people in the RAB from the

police, many of them may have been more or less there.”
The RAB  formed with officers or manpower from seven forces including army, air force, navy and police so.

The policy of the force states that 44% of the officers from the army and police will be in the RAB.

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

 

The remaining 12 percent of the officers are from other forces.

 

However, at different times, there have been reports of clashes or tensions between RAB officers and police officers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also resolved various written complaints regarding the conflict at different times.

Retired Brigadier General Sakhawat Hossain, a security analyst and former election

commissioner, said: “It is unprecedented that so many people  evacuated at once.

 

“There are two reasons for this, firstly, if the whole thing is to reorganized, then it is not

exactly like this, it phased out. And if there is any internal conflict, it can affect the

organization Because people from different forces are going there, “said Brigadier

Sakhawat Hossain.

Mokhlesur Rahman, a former police officer, said, “There is an inter-agency psychological

tension here. It has been there from the beginning, it can be denied. But if the truth is not

acknowledged that there is a kind of psychological tension here.”

“It’s very normal if people of different disciplines brought together in one department –

their temperament, their training or their perspective is a time-consuming, long-term

matter,” he said.

“We need to be very careful not to let such things happen in the future,” he added.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the BBC:

A senior police official said that no police officer appointed in the RAB so far. This time 48 police officers promoted to the rank of SP and sent to their RAB. As a result, the number of police officers has become more or less in the RAB, which has a provision of 44% recruitment from the police. That is why some officers already working in RAB have transferred from there so.

RAB spokesman Commander Khandaker Al Moin said, “We are a RAB of seven forces. We are all working shoulder to shoulder. The SPs who have transferred to us are not leaving.

They have not deployed yet.”

“Those who are leaving have the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police and Assistant Superintendent of Police. They have been working here for two years. They are returning to their own police force,” said Commander Moin.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has demanded the simultaneous transfer as a routine transfer. Sources, BBC

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh: US Ambassador Earl R. Miller summoned to Dhaka over ban on RAB officials, including police chief Benazir Ahmed

 

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