UN: Ban Abusive Bangladesh Unit from Peacekeeping

Role of Rapid Action Battalion Should Be Reviewed Following US Sanctions, HRW Reports (New York, Jan 21, 2022) – The United Nations Department of Peace Operations should ban Bangladesh’s notoriously abusive paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from UN deployment, 12 organizations said in a letter to Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, made public today. Human rights organizations […]

Gang close to Bangladesh PM extracts bribes for state contracts

By Al Jazeera Investigative UnitPublished On 1 Feb 2021 A criminal gang is colluding with Bangladesh’s security forces to extract bribes for state contracts and job positions, all the while maintaining powerful links with the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. All the Prime Minister’s Men reveals how Haris and […]

Bangladesh’s Awami League-led government doubled down on an authoritarian crackdown: HRW

Bangladesh’s Awami League-led government doubled down on an authoritarian crackdown on free speech, arresting critics, and censoring media. Arrests under the abusive Digital Security Act (DSA) increased dramatically. Impunity for abuses by security forces, including enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, remained pervasive. Host to nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, Bangladesh kept its […]

Yemen’s civil war has killed more than 100,000 people

Approximately 20,000 people have been killed this year alone, making it the second-deadliest year on record. More than 100,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war since 2015, a report says. The death toll includes more than 12,000 civilians killed in attacks directly targeting civilians, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data […]