The Bangladesh authorities must honour their pledge to stop extrajudicial executions by a special police force accused of involvement in hundreds of killings, says Amnesty International in this report.
"Crimes Unseen: Extrajudicial Executions in Bangladesh" also documents how the Rapid Action Battalion justify these killings as accidental or as a result of officers acting in self-defence, although in reality many victims are killed following their arrest.
“Hardly a week goes by in Bangladesh without someone being shot by RAB with the authorities saying they were killed or injured in ‘crossfire’ or a ‘gun-fight’. However the authorities choose to describe such incidents, the fact remains that they are suspected unlawful killings,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh Researcher.
Image - from report: Students protest against the arrest and alleged torture of journalist Masum Fakir by the Rapid Action Battalion, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 2009. AP Photo / Pavel Rahman