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Summary My brother asked, “Can I have your identity? What is your force? Are you RAB, CID, DB?” They did not identify themselves. He asked several times. They did not wear any uniform and they had no legal arrest warrant. Nothing. They just said, “Come…
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Video Testimony Matches Satellite Images of Attacks

(New York) – The Burmese military has conducted a campaign of arson, killings, and rape against ethnic Rohingya that has threatened the lives of thousands more, Human Rights Watch said today. Refugees who fled the recent violence told Human Rights Watch…
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Summary On the morning of February 28, 2013, the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party called a strike to protest the death penalty handed down against its leader, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, who had been convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (…
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UN Should Be Invited to Investigate Security Forces, Require Reforms

(New York) – Security forces in Bangladesh are deliberately shooting members and supporters of opposition parties in the leg, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Victims explained that police shot them in custody and then falsely claimed…
Mahbub Kabir, a marketing officer at a pro-Jamaat daily newspaper, was reportedly stopped by police on his way to work and shot in the leg on March 18, 2013.
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Introduction Bangladesh’s human rights situation has seen little improvement since its first UPR review in 2009. A key undertaking in the 2009 UPRwas to take a “zero tolerance” stand against abuses by security forces, and bring an end to impunity. Yet…
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 “Crossfire”
 Continued Human Rights Abuses by Bangladesh’s Rapid
 Action Battalion
 Map of Bangladesh
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 Key
 Recommendations:
 Methodology
 I. Killings and Other Cases of Abuse by RAB Since the 
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Beating of Journalist Undermines Press Freedom

(New York) - The Bangladeshi government should investigate and prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officers who on October 22, 2009, arrested and allegedly tortured F.M. Masum, a journalist at the New Age newspaper, Human Rights Watch said today…
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 Ignoring Executions and Torture
 Impunity for Bangladesh's Security Forces
 Map of Bangladesh
 I. Summary
 Key Recommendations
 Methodology
 II. A Short History of Impunity
 Impunity for Crimes in the 1971 War
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 The Torture of Tasneem Khalil
 How the Bangladesh
 Military Abuses Its Power under the 
 State of Emergency
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 Summary
 II. Torture in Bangladesh
 III. Assaults on Media Freedom.. 
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 A Midnight Arrest…
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Ex-Ruling Party May Use Rapid Action Battalion for Elections

(New York) - Bangladesh’s elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism security force is responsible for widespread torture and killing more than 350 suspects in custody, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch warned that the former…