Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Form int’l commission to probe enforced disappearances: BNP

Published 11:28 pm | August 30, 2020

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Online Desk ; Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought international judicial inquiry into the incidents of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh.

However, the BNP Secretary General said no step was taken though the United Nations was informed about the incidents earlier.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was speaking at a virtual webinar organised by BNP in observance of the “International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances” on Sunday (August 30).

Mirza Fakhrul said 3.5 million people were sued, while more than 2,500 were murdered. Besides, more than 600 people became the victims of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh.

He, however, said the real number of enforced disapperances would be much higher.

The BNP leader said, “Drawing the attention of international community including the United Nations, we intend to say that we want impartial investigation into these incidents. They should form a judicial commission to investigate the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh.”

Mentioning that the BNP has sent the copies of press briefings regarding the incidents of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh since 2009. “We sent a draft report to the UN Secretary General also. Unfortunate, no action has yet been taken.”

“Bangladesh has now turned into an undemocratic, fascist and autocratic state,” he said and called upon all to get out of such a suffocating situation.

The BNP leader also regretted saying that the media don’t become vocal about all the incidents. “Country’s people don’t know what is happening in the country until and unless the newspapers write reports on the incidents,” he observed. “Many people now start talking when Major (Retd) Sinha was killed brutally and unlawfully. It was an example of extrajudicial killing. Unfortunately, our media didn’t raise its voice when many people were killed or murdered though there were no charges against them or they were not affiliated with any politicial belief.”

BNP’s Human Rights Affairs Secretary Asaduzzaman read out a keynote paper on “Human Rights Violations in Bangladesh, Enforced Disappearances, Extrajudicial Killings, Tortures and Repressions” at the virtual webinar.

The webinar was also addressed by BNP Standing Committee members Khondker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, economist Mahbub Ullah, Dhaka University International Relation’s Department’s professor Shahiduzzaman and members of the families of several victims of enforced disapperances.

Besides, it was joined by diplomats of different foreign countries and representatives of the international organisations.

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