Joint Submission of AFAD and FIND (with the support of Misereor)
Third Cycle of the UN Universal Periodic Review
Today, on International Women’s Day, AFAD pays tribute to the strength of all women, to those who have played a major role in the fight against enforced disappearances in the past and to those who continue their struggle for truth and justice today.
GENEVA (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights experts* are calling on Bangladesh to act now to halt an increasing number of enforced disappearances in the country.
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances says the number of cases has risen from a few isolated cases a few years ago, to more than 40 now, and that the number is continuing to grow. Independent reports blame the Rapid Action Battalion of the Bangladesh Police for several disappearances and extra-judicial executions, notably of political opponents of the Government.