633 killed in 'encounters' since 2004
Since the formation of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in 2004, a total of 633 persons were killed in 'encounters' with its members while 750 Rab men were punished for their 'unlawful' acts.
"It falls to the judiciary and the new National Human Rights Commission to ensure that human rights are fully enforced, not least with respect to allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces. If there is no punishment for such crimes, there is no deterrent emanating from the State and such violence becomes sanctioned, officially or unofficially. Clearly, it is important to ensure that the fight against crime and terrorism is conducted effectively, but that can only be ensured in a sustained way by respecting the rule of law."
EU Human Rights Roadshow
12th February 2009. Sylhet, Bangladesh.