The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Bangladesh’s elite paramilitary force, and seven of its current and former officials accusing of human rights abuses through extrajudicial killings. This decision was like a “bolt from the blue” for Bangladesh as the sanctions were imposed “unilaterally” without any “prior information.” Also, the sanction surprises the other US allies, especially in developing worlds, as Bangladesh is one of the most trusted and dependable friends of USA in South Asia. Critics gave a contentious look on the decade-long US-Bangladesh friendship after the sanction. But recently, all the doubts have been cleared after the speech from US Congressman Gregory W Meeks where he said that the US does not have any plan to impose sanctions against Bangladesh.
Gregory W Meeks, an influential US Congressman, has been a US representative of Democratic Party from New York since 1998, and serving as the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2021. Meeks, an eminent lawyer, has told in a speech that there is