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IGP Benazir Ahmed gets US visa to join UNCOPS

UNCOPS 2020 is set to take place from August 31 to September 1

Update : 25 Aug 2022, 07:21 PM

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed on Thursday got a United States (US) visa to attend the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2022) in New York.

He is planning to fly to the US on Sunday or Monday, reports Bangla Tribune.

The UNCOPS 2020 is set to take place from August 31 to September 1 at UN headquarters.

It aims to bring together ministers, police chiefs, and senior representatives of regional and professional policing organizations at UN headquarters. 

A six-member delegation headed by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Joint Secretary of Public Security Department of Home Ministry Abu Hena Mostafa Zaman, Secretary to Home Minister Asaduzzaman, Additional Inspector General of Police Nashian Wazed and Assistant Inspector General of Police Masood Alam will also attend the program.

On December 10 last year, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on RAB and its serving and former officials, including the force’s former director general Benazir Ahmed, under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, citing "serious human rights abuse relating to the officials’ tenure." 

The same day, the State Department also imposed sanctions on Benazir and another RAB official.

The US Department of State also announced visa restrictions on Benazir Ahmed, which it says, due to his “involvement in gross violations of human rights” making him ineligible for entry into the US.

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