Friday, December 24, 2010
RAB was trained by the British Government!
By Bangladesh Media; While the western governments cry about the human rights situation of Bangladesh – and behind the Screen it helps the ‘dead squad’ Rapid Action Battalion, A paramilitary force in Bangladesh with its name and fame for Extra Judicial Killing, Which is responsible for couple of Hundreds civilians death shows how double standard the Human rights policy these governments maintain!
Yes, finally the whistleblower Julian Assange blows his whistle through the Wikileaks about the dead squad of Bangladesh name Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The final revelation of the diplomatic cables of USA shows that how different western governments were training or supporting this paramilitary force which is accused of several hundreds of extra judicial killing in Bangladesh, despite their strong stands for human rights policy in their own countries.
The Guardian Reports that Wikileaks has disclosed the US diplomatic cables [ 1 2 3 ] that were sent from the US embassy in Bangladesh shows that the Bangladeshi 'death squad' trained by UK government! Three diplomatic cables that were sent from the US ambassador in Bangladesh which are still classified until the year 2018 to 2019.
Rapid Action Battalion members have been taught "interviewing techniques" and "rules of engagement" by the UK authorities, said the leaked cables.
One message says the US would not offer tactical training to the RAB because of its alleged human rights violations.
In a cable dating from May 2009 published by the Guardian, the US ambassador to Dhaka, James Moriarty, writes: "The US and UK representatives reviewed our ongoing training to make the RAB a more transparent, accountable and human-rights compliant paramilitary force.
"The British have been training RAB for 18 months in areas such as investigative interviewing techniques and rules of engagement."
In another cable, Mr Moriarty notes it would be illegal for the US to offer anything other than human rights training to the RAB because of the force's alleged crimes.
In a report BBC confirmed that UK officials told the BBC the focus of the training was on human rights. But in the Guardian report says RAB denied any training offered or organized by the British government!
BBC reports that British High Commission officials in Dhaka told the BBC that the UK training programme for the RAB had begun in early 2008 and was due to finish in March 2011.
"The focus is on human rights. It concentrated on providing the RAB with the skill-set to conduct law enforcement duties in an ethical manner," said an official, who did not want to be named.
"The areas covered basically include basic human rights training; interview skills, investigation skills, basic scene of crime skills, inclusion on a range of legal and human rights focused events."
The official declined to comment on whether this training was part of any counter-terrorism effort in Bangladesh.
The Guardian reports that the UK's National Policing Improvement Agency provided training to the RAB on crime scene management and investigation, via officers from West Mercia Police and Humberside Police.