“Crossfire” by the Rapid Action Battalion: exploring the extent of human rights violations in Bangladesh

AKM Ahsan Ullah, American University in Cairo

Bangladesh's record for human rights has deteriorated since 2004 after the introduction of the RAB, an elite force added to the existing contingent of the law enforcing agencies. They are accused by different human rights organizations of grave abuses of human rights, including extrajudicial summary execution, excessive use of force and the use of custodial torture. This research seeks to precisely understand the extent of human rights violation caused by the RAB in Bangladesh. This research substantiates significantly to the existing popular literature in the field of human rights.

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Presented in Session 189: Displaced persons, refugees and vulnerability