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Bangladesh: anti-crime force enhances its knowledge of human rights principles

14-02-2012 News Release

Dhaka (ICRC) – Between 14 and 16 February, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an anti-crime force, will participate in a training course on humanitarian principles and international human rights law in domestic legislation.

The event will be jointly organized by the RAB training department and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Seventy-five officers will take part in the course, which covers international standards governing the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention, and dead-body management in disaster situations. The participants will also learn about the ICRC's mandate and activities, mainly in the areas of protecting detainee rights, tracing missing persons and assisting victims of violence.

In the last three years, the ICRC has held a number of similar training courses both for the Rapid Action Battalion and the Bangladesh Police Service. "The RAB views our initiative as helping it to achieve its aim of complying with human rights law," said Michael Dynes, the ICRC's police and security delegate in Dhaka.

During the 1971 war that resulted in the creation of Bangladesh, the ICRC brought aid to conflict victims in the country. In 2006 it returned to Bangladesh, where it promotes international humanitarian law among the authorities, the armed and security forces and academics. In close cooperation with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the ICRC assists people adversely affected by tensions or violence. In 2010 the ICRC and the Bangladeshi government signed a headquarters agreement which enhances the ability of the humanitarian organization to carry out its activities in the country.

For further information, please contact:
Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +880 1730 312291
Onchita Shadman, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +880 2 8825686