Decade of Disappearances

Enforced disappearances by Bangladesh security forces have become a hallmark of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s more than decade-long rule, with nearly 600 cases documented by human rights groups since she took office in 2009. While some victims are released or produced in court after weeks or months of secret detention, others have been victims of extrajudicial killings that the authorities falsely claim are deaths during gunfights. Scores are still missing. 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.

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