The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michel Bachelet, asked the government to take into account the allegations of human rights violations rather than denying them. He expressed deep concern to the government about the serious allegations of disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture in Bangladesh. At the same time, he also spoke about the need to form an independent, impartial and transparent investigation agency in order to address the allegations of human rights violations.
Michel Bachelet said these things at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon on the last day of his four-day visit to Bangladesh. He first read the written statement in this press conference which lasted for about an hour in a hotel in the capital. Then he answered various questions of the journalists.
In a written statement, Michel Bachelet said, various committees of the UN Human Rights Council, including the Anti-Torture Committee, have been expressing concern about disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture in Bangladesh for several years. Many of these allegations have been attributed to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). There is a lack of accountability in those cases of human rights violations. He expressed deep concern about this serious allegation to the government ministers. He also mentioned the need for an impartial, independent and transparent investigation into these allegations as well as the need to reform the security forces of Bangladesh.