ACHR for barring Bangladesh peacekeepers in UN

The Asian Centre for Human Rights has called upon the United Nations to strictly implement the UN policy to bar deployment of Bangladesh peacekeepers.

The New Delhi-based rights organisation made the call in its report titled “Bangladesh: Sending Death Squads to keep the UN’s peace”.

The ACHR released the report on Thursday to coincide with the ongoing visit of United Nations under secretary general for department of peacekeeping operations (DPKO) Hervé Ladsous to Bangladesh from July 22.

The report reads: The troops which are being sent for UN peacekeeping missions include the Bangladesh Army personnel who are posted in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which has been declared as ineligible to receive technical assistance from the United States under the Leahy Law because of its personnel being involved in gross human rights violations with impunity.

It claimed that the Bangladesh Army personnel were responsible for 15 cases of extra-judicial killings, 464 cases of arbitrary arrest, 374 cases of torture and 285 cases of forcible evictions in addition to burning down of 1,070 houses of indigenous Jumma peoples of the CHTs between 2004 and 2011.

“Bangladesh Army personnel also murdered at least 70 suspects of 2009 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny at Pilkhana in their custody, while the RAB which had 83 Army officers out of the 208 officers as of August 2013 were responsible for extra-judicial executions of 776 persons in alleged crossfire between January 2004 and June 2013,” the report said.

Source: Dhaka Tribune