Bangladesh security forces have been implicated in serious abuses, including torture, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances. The notoriously abusive Rapid Action Battalion was sanctioned by the United States. The government has arrested journalists and critics under the Digital Security Act and otherwise stifled civil society.

Bangladesh has upheld its international obligations not to forcibly return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, but the government has adopted severely repressive measures transferring thousands of Rohingya to a flood-prone silt island in the Bay of Bengal. Authorities fail to protect LGBT people, religious minorities, and Indigenous populations. Women and girls face widespread violence and sexual assault without reliable protection or legal recourse.

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Human Rights Watch has verified 86 enforced disappearances cases in Bangladesh over the last decade in which the victim’s whereabouts have not been revealed. Their cases are documented and tracked here.