20 July 2017
Authenticated by: Aileen Diez-Bacalso, Secretary General
Manila—The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) urgently calls on the Malaysian authorities to immediately release recognized human rights lawyer and defender and AFAD Council member, Adilur Rhaman Khan. Khan, 57 was arrested by the Malaysian immigration police at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport ( KLIA) at 4am, Thursday morning (July 20 12AM GST). He was accosted by Malaysian authorities without charges.
17 July 2017
A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and Odhikar, on the Day of International Criminal Justice
BANGLADESH: Affording justice to victims is not on the State’s agenda
Hong Kong/Dhaka/Manila; 17 July 2017: One of the three main goals of Bangladesh’s War of Independence was ‘social justice’ coupled with ‘equality’, and ‘human dignity’. The word ‘justice’ connotes ‘just behavior or treatment’ without any bias or discrimination. In another word ‘justice’ is a guaranteed process of addressing a citizen’s grief, by all means, through the justice mechanisms and administrative systems of a State beyond any abuse of power or negligence. The Institutions that are expected to uphold justice require capabilities to ensure that the victims of crime and the victims of abuse of power are dealt with fairly in accordance with the right to a fair trial.
Under the incumbent Awami League Government which has been in power since 2009, human rights violations continue unabated through suppressing political parties, particularly the opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami and dissenting voices, including human rights organizations.
Human rights violations include enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrests of leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance. The government is also harassing opposition party leaders and activists in various ways to create pressure on them, including implicating them in criminal cases or lodging false cases against them. Hindrances to freedom of expression and repression on the ordinary people and leaders and activists of the opposition political parties are also happening.
ODHIKAR reports that the police forces are used to suppress dissent resulting to human rights violations affecting mostly the opposition. Bangladesh is not a yet a party to the International Treaty on the Protection of Persons against all Enforced Disappearances (ICCPED). #YesToICCPED #ICCPED #Bangladesh #HumanRights #EnforcedDisappearance #ODHIKAR.
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