The recent U.S. sanction of Bangladesh’s elite force has placed the South Asian country in a tough geopolitical position.
The U.S. Treasury Department designated Benazir Ahmed, Bangladesh’s current police chief and former head of the RAB or Rapid Action Battalion, along with six officials, under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program.
The sanction is in connection with the extrajudicial killing of 600 people and enforced disappearances.
Ali Riaz, political science professor at Illinois State University and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, spoke with Anadolu Agency about the emerging geopolitical climate.
He said U.S. sanctions indicate a global and regional policy shift.
Riaz said Bangladesh’s domestic human rights situation must be addressed.
At least 3,135 people were killed by law enforcement and security agencies from 2001 to 2021, according to a local rights organization.
Since sanctions were imposed, there have been no reported killings.