The US State Department has observed that Bangladesh has provided widespread impunity for security forces and a few measures were taken to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by them,
The Human Right Reports 2019 by the US on Bangladesh published on Wednesday said, "There were numerous reports, however, that the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings."
"Security forces frequently accounted for such deaths by claiming when they took a suspect in custody to a crime scene to recover weapons or identify coconspirators, accomplices fired on police and killed the suspect as well," the report read.
"The government usually described these deaths as "crossfire killings," "gunfights," or "encounter killings." The media also used these terms to describe legitimate uses of police force," it added.
The report claimed Bangladesh has significant human rights issues including unlawful or arbitrary killings; forced disappearance; torture; arbitrary or unlawful detentions by the government or on its behalf; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; arbitrary arrests of journalists and human rights activists, censorship.