One month after his arbitrary arrest by the Detective Branch of Police on 10 September 2013,, Adilur Rhaman Khan, Secretary General of Odhikar and AFAD Council Member remains in jail. The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) calls on the Hasina Government to accord him due process in his legal recourse to freedom.
Based on our information, the Sessions Judge Court rejected the bail petition on 9 September though according to lawyers of Adilur, the charge against him under Sections 57 (1) and (2) of the Information and Communication Technology Act of 2006 is bailable. On 5 September, documents on his case were also transferred to the newly-formed Cyber Crimes Tribunal.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED
On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) vows to make full use of Republic Act 10353, the Anti Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 to bring home all Filipino desaparecidos and to exact accountability from its violators.
Republic Act 10353 or the “Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012, which was enacted into law on 21 December 2012 and whose Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was promulgated on 12 February 2013, clearly define and penalize the act of enforced disappearance as a distinct and separate criminal offense.
On the commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared (IDD), the Asian Federation Against Enforced Disappearances (AFAD) calls on governments in Asia and the world to BRING HOME VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE! In so doing, these governments must sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, recognize the competence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance and enact domestic laws criminalizing enforced disappearances.
Enforced disappearance is when someone is taken away by agents of governments, usually by security forces like the military or police. This act is followed by the denial or concealment of a person’s fate or whereabouts, in effect removing them from the protection of law.
August 25 – 27, 2013
From August 25-27, 2013, AFAD Chairperson has joined the EU Parliament for a mission in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) to gather information and meet different relevant stakeholders regarding the disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
It is now over eight months since Sombath Somphone disappeared.
Sombath is one of the most respected and influential voices for sustainable people-centered and just economic and social development in Laos. He is the founder and former Director of the Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC), and the winner of the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. He was the Co-Chair of the National Organizing Committee of the Asia Europe People’s Forum 9 (AEPF9), which was held in October 2012 in Vientiane, before the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9).