The Minister of Justice calls it “unfortunate”

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December 12, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

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Anisul Huq, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

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Anisul Huq, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

Calling the imposition of human rights sanctions on Rab personnel unfortunate, Justice Minister Anisul Huq said on Sunday that US authorities had imposed the sanctions without leaving any room for self-defense.

“Those who believe in democracy and the rule of law have a responsibility and they must follow due process and if action is taken against a party they must be given the opportunity to defend themselves. It is truly unfortunate that states imposed the sanctions without leaving room for self-defense,” he said.

The Justice Minister made the remarks while addressing reporters after the inauguration of the 26th Judicial Administration Training Course for Judges at the Bangladesh Judicial Administration Training Institute in the city. .

“The allegations that have been made against the RAB are not correct. They are imaginary and no extrajudicial executions have taken place in Bangladesh,” he said.

The United States on Friday imposed human rights-related sanctions on Benzir Ahmed, the current Inspector General of Bangladesh Police and former chief executive of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of Bangladesh, and six others at the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

The US State Department has announced visa restrictions for Benazir Ahmed, who it says due to his “involvement in gross human rights abuses” makes him ineligible to enter the United States .

RAB as an entity, Benzir Ahmed, and six other officials have been designated by the Treasury Department as part of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program in connection with serious human rights abuses, the Treasury Department said. US state.

Regarding Khaleda’s appeal asking for permission to go abroad for treatment, the minister said, “Please be patient and you will get the answer soon.”

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