Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the UN to initiate an international investigation into the disappearances of persons detained by Bangladesh law enforcement agencies.
A report has been published on the HRW website, in which the organization assigns information and photographs to 86 people who have disappeared in an Asian country.
Human rights activists have blamed the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite special unit in Bangladesh, made up of police, military personnel and border guards, responsible for the abductions.
This unit was formed by the Sheikh Hasina government under the pretext of fighting extremist groups.
The report draws on data provided by human rights groups in Bangladesh.
Since the inauguration of Prime Minister Hasina in 2009, about 600 people have disappeared, detained by security forces, the document suggests.
Many detainees were taken to court after being held in unknown locations for weeks and months, while others fell victim to incidents that authorities describe as clashes with police.
The report is based on over 115 interviews with families and relatives of the missing between July 2020 and March 2021.
Human rights activists say the Bangladesh government refuses to investigate the matter.
HRW calls on the UN to investigate the disappearances.
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