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On Day of the Disappeared, US Has Eyes on Bangladesh

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In his statement on the International Day of the Disappeared on Monday, August 30, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke of enforced disappearance, once a tool of repression primarily employed by military dictatorships, as a global problem. Hundreds of thousands of people across more than 80 countries have been “disappeared” by state authorities. Entrenched lack of accountability remains widespread.

In the United States, lawmakers on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission honored the U.N. remembrance day by focusing on the increasing use of enforced disappearance to silence dissent, undermine independent media, and intimidate human rights advocates in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has seen an intensifying wave of state repression in recent years. A counterterror paramilitary unit called the Rapid Action Battalion has carried out intimidation campaigns, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings. A new report by Human Rights Watch documents the escalation of the use of enforced disappearances since Prime Minister........

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