RAB not violating law, human rights: new DG

Newly-appointed director general of Rapid Action Battalion M Khurshid Hossain said on Saturday that there was no question of reforming the anti-crime elite force, which had been credited in dealing with militancy and serious crimes in recent years.

‘Personally, I don’t see any question of any reforms. We are not doing anything for what it needs to be reformed. We are working according to rules defined for us. We do not do anything in violation of law. In that case, there is no question of reforms,’ he told reporters while paying tribute to the portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of Bangladesh, at Dhanmondi-32 in Dhaka.

‘Sanctions have been imposed, and the government has replied to that through official channel. This is not a challenge for us,’ he said adding that the elite force would continue to play its role by maintaining law and order and tackling militancy, terrorism and drug.

The DG’s statement came in response to recent comment by United States ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas that there was no change in US policy on RAB and sanctions on the agency would continue until there has been accountability and reform after human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, accused the force of violating human rights.

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