Bangladesh protests US sanctions

Bangladesh has summoned the US ambassador to protest sanctions by Washington

against top security officials over alleged human right abuses.

The move came after the administration of US President Joe Biden slapped sanctions on

Friday against an elite Bangladeshi force fighting crime and terrorism. The penalties

coincided with the UN's Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy hosted by


Benazir Ahmed, formerly head of the Rapid Action Battalion and now chief of police, and

six other high-ranking officers are named on the sanctions list.

The RAB comprises members of Bangladesh's police, army, navy, air force and others.

The Bangladeshi government reportedly has used the unit against political opponents.

The US Treasury Department notes that NGOs accuse the RAB of carrying out nearly 600

extrajudicial killings since 2018 and involvement in over 600 disappearances since 2009.