Wednesday, February 25, 2009

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Ensure Protection and Compensation to Tortured Student Leader, Mr. Mahfuzul Haydar Chowdhury Rotan

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Ensure Protection and Compensation to Tortured Student Leader, Mr. Mahfuzul Haydar Chowdhury Rotan [UA-BA-13.08.2008]
Dear Friends,
Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has received a fact-finding report from Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) regarding the arbitrary arrest, lengthy detention and brutal torture of Mr. Mahfuzul Haydar Chowdhury Rotan, general secretary of Bangladesh student league (BCL). Mr. Rotan has been kept in detention without specific allegations made against him for a period of more then one and a half years. Rotan, who was released recently from Mymensing Central jail, has testified of undergoing brutal torture and is receiving threats of re-arrest, or death by cross fire. GHRD is extremely concerned about the torture and circumstances of the arrest, the lack of due process and the future physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Rotan and his family. GHRD demands adequate compensation for the victim and his family, including the accurate punishment of those persons who were directly and indirectly involved with these severe human rights violations. The cause of detention must be disclosed by the authorities after an impartial investigation, and the report must be published immediately. Please read the fact finding report from BIHR and forward this appeal to the relevant authorities listed below
BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:
Name of the Victim: Mahfuzul Haydar Chowdhury RotanAddress of the victim: Available upon request. Educational Involvement: Student of Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics (PGDHE) of the Session of 2004-2005;
Political Position: General Secretary, Bangladesh Student League Central Committee.
First Date of Arrest: 16 January 2007 at midnight
Cause of Arrest:
Violating section 3(1)(Power to make detaining or removing certain person) of Special Power Act-1974 Showing Involvement: i)Ramana Thana Case No.44 of 06 Date:11.06.06ii) Palton Thana No.31(11) of 06Section : 147 (punishment for rioting) 149(Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) 332 (Voluntary causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) 333(Voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) 325(Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) 327(Voluntary causing hurt to extort property, or to constrain to an-illegal act) 307(Attempt to death) 143 (Punishment of unlawful assembly) of Penal Code.
Date of Detention: 1st time: 17 January 2007 for one month
2nd time: 15 February 2007 extended for 03 months
3rd time: 07 November 2007 extended for 03 months
4th time 24 January 2008 extended for 03 months
5th time: 11 may 2008 for one month
6th time: 09 June 2008 extended for three months
Still he is under detention at Mymensing Central Jail.
Writ on Behalf of Rotan: Criminal Miscellaneous case No. 330 of 2007Under Section: 491(Power to issue directions off the nature of Habeas corpus) of the Code of Criminal Procedure
Hearing Date : 19 March 2008
Judgment Date: 02 April 2008
Judgment: The detention of the detenue Mahfuzul Haider Rotan in Custody is declared illegal and improper.
Release from the Custody : 04 May 2008Arrest again : 04 May 2008 around at 4.15 pm – immediately after he was released from Mymensing Central jail.Arrest again: Release from Custody:
CASE INFORMATION:
BIHR met with Mr. Rotan, on 10 August. He then told them about the first arrest and torture in 2007:
THE ARREST AND TORTURE OF ROTAN 16 JANUARY 2007:
On 16 January 2007, Rotan was arrested by member of joint forces from Dhaka university central playground area along with his other five political companions He was then taken to the army camp in the gymnasium on Dhaka University’s campus. (This camp was withdrawn after strong protest by students of Dhaka university in August 2007) He was thrown in and dunked in the cold water of the gymnasium swimming pool. Civil dressed army personnel tied his hands and legs with a rope and covered his head with a black cloth. He was brutally tortured by baton on his whole body for a long period of time. They hung from the ceiling and beat him severely. He was put on the floor and his chest, knees, fingernails and toes were punched and kicked with their boots. His penis and testicles were squeezed. They used derogatory language and threatened to kill him in a cross fire.Then the joint forces team took him to the Shahbag police station. Thereafter, he was arrested under section 16(2) of EPR and sent to the Central Jail.
BACKGROUND DETAILS: THE DETENTION :
An order of Home Ministry date 17 January 2007 was issued. In the order, Mr. Rotan was given a 30 days preventive detention under section 3(1) (Power to make detaining or removing certain person) of Special Power Act- 1974, for “prejudicial acts” mentioned in section 2(f) of same Act. The order was signed by a Deputy Secretary (Security Cell) of Home Ministry and Mr. Rotan’s detention case number is:05/2007. On 24 January 2007, Mr. Rotan received a paper from the Home Ministry signed by a Deputy Secretary (Security Cell-3) containing reasons for his detention under section 8 (Communication of grounds of order) of Special power Act-1974. Allegedly, Mr. Rotan was arrested under emergency powers for his involvement with ‘harmful activities against Bangladesh’ based on the observation and recommendation by the officer in charge of Shahbag police station and the Special Superintendent of Special Branch police of Dhaka City. Mr. Rotan was accused of ‘influencing and mobilizing’ the ‘slum people’ against the rule of law and order. He was also falsely accused of involvement in terrorist activities, ‘destructive action’, and bombing and shootings at Dhaka University on 19 November 2007. On 15 February 2007, another detention for three months was imposed on Mr. Rotan based on the extension order signed by Mr. Md. Afzalur Rahman, the Senior Assistant Secretary of the Home ministry’s Security Cell-3, under section 3(1)(Power to make detaining or removing certain person) of the Special power Act-1974. The High Court of Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the detention of Mr. Rotan as illegal and improper on 19 March 2007. But the order issued by the High Court was revoked by an order issued by the Appellate Division soon after. Due to his severe illness that had escalated during his jail custody he was admitted to Dhaka Medical College hospital (DMCH) on 29 October 2007. He was released from hospital, uncured, on 26 November 2007. The advisory board of High Court released the five other leaders who had been arrested with Rotan but prolonged Rotan’s detention by three months on 07 November 2007. On 25 November 2007, the father of Mr. Rotan appealed to the Secretary of Home Ministry for the release and humane treatment of his son. The same board extended his detention for an additional three months on 24 January 2008. With no outcome, the father organized a press conference demanding the release of his son on 17 February 2008. Mr. Rotan was released from the Mymensing Central Jail on 04 May 2008. He was re-arrested the very same day. He was then taken to the Kotwali police station and later admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Mymensing Medical College Hospital (MMCH) complaining of severe chest pain. An order submitted by the District Magistrate Office on 11 May 2008 again accused Mr. Rotan for involvement in terrorist activities and made further irrelevant statements, such as ‘people are aggrieved with Rotan and hate him’. The order also mentioned that the crimes Mr. Rotan is suspected for violate Section 3(2) 20 of the Special Power Act-1974 and that information regarding this is undisclosed for the sake of ‘public interest’. On 04 June 2008, he had to appear at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Mymensing District (1 No. Cognizance Court, Mymensing) for Kotwali Police station General Diary No. 219 dated 04 May 2008 under section 16(2) of Emergency Power Ordinance-2007. As a result, on 09 June 2008, his detention was extended for another three months, still, without any specific allegations made against him. Mr Rotan was finally released again on bail on 07 August 2008 from Mymensing Central Jail after a meeting occurred between the Chief advisor, Dr. Fakruddin Ahmed, and the Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University. The students of Dhaka University had demanded the release of Mr. Rotan through demonstrations outside the office of the Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University for a few days.
FINDINGS:
Mr. Mahfuzul Haider Chowdhury Rotan remained in detention for more than one and half a years due to being a leader and organizer of the Bangladesh Student League which is violation of his fundamental rights, as described in Article 32 (Protection of Right to Life and Personal Liberty), and 33 (Safeguards as to arrest and detention); Areas (i) (ii) of the Bangladeshi constitution; Article 8 & 9 of United Nation Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This is not the only incident committed by the present army-backed, caretaker government; and unfortunately, victims cannot receive justice for the grievances even though it is a clear violation of their fundamental and human rights. The judicial system of Bangladesh has failed to ensure their rights.Rotan was ill treated during interrogation by the jail authorities throughout the lengthy detention in Dhaka Central Jail. One personnel asked him about the future of student politics and the direction of Sheikh Hasina, President of Bangladesh Awami League, and activity against the government. Filthy language was always used. Failing to receive information from him, he was transferred to Mymensing Central Jail as punishment. In spite of clear recommendations for regular check ups by the doctor, he was denied proper treatment. His health deteriorated and he suffers from severe pain in his chest, knee, lower back, waist and eyes. The central hospital authority completed his ECG and X-Ray and a doctor has prescribed total rest for a period of three months. There is an urgent possibility and high risk that Mr. Rotan will be re-arrested or possibly killed in cross fire. Immediate action is required in order to protect the life and well being of Mr Rotan and his family.
ACTION REQUESTED:
Please write letters to the relevant authorities:
To form an independent commission headed by a Supreme Court Judge to inquire into the matter of the detention of Mr. Rotan, as well as publish the report at the earliest;
To ensure exemplary punishment of the persons who were directly and indirectly involved in the violation of human rights;
To provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and victim’s family, as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of victim and victim’s family;
To abolish the Special Power Act-1974, as well as other existing black laws that are used as tool for human right’s violations;
To ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedom throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
To provide human rights education and training to the Police Inspectors and policemen who run the stations;
To remove reservations of Art.14 of the Convention Against Torture, as well as ratify Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Inhuman, Cruel or Degrading Punishment or Treatment-OPCAT. PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed Chief Advisor Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Chief Advisor Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 8828160-79, 9888677 Fax: +880 2 8113244 or 3243 or 1015 or 1490
2. Mr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562792 Fax: +880 2 9565058
3. Mr. Nur Mohammad Inspector General of Police Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562054 or 7176451 or 7176677 Fax: +880 2 9563362 or 9563363
4. Mr. A F Hassan Arif Adviser Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +88-02-7160627 (O) Fax: +88-02-7168557 (O)
5. Major General (Rtd.) M. A. Matin Adviser Ministry of Home Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +88-02-7169069 (O) Fax: +88-02-7160405, 88-02-7164788 (O)
6. Brig. General Zakir HossainInspector General –Prison (IG-Prison)Central JailDhaka
For more information relating to the case of Rotan contact BIHR directly at bihr@bangla.net

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Farmer tortured to death when protesting the torture of his son by the police at Cox´s Bazar District

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Farmer tortured to death when protesting the torture of his son by the police at Cox´s Bazar District; [UA-BA-18.06.2008]
Dear Friends,
Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has received a fact finding report from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and the Centre for Fact-Finding and Research (CHFR) regarding the brutal and fatal torture of farmer Sirajul Islam (52) of Chakaria Upazia in Cox’s Bazar District on the 14-15 May, 2008. Sirajul was tortured to death due to his attempt to hinder the police from torturing his son.
CASE DETAILS:
On 14 May, Nurul Amin (18) arrived with his father, Sirajul Islam, grandfather and some other relatives and neighbours to attend an arbitration hearing at the Chakaria thana police station. Outside of the police station, Sub Inspector (SI) Hafizur Rahman started to verbally insult and subsequently beat Nurul Amin with a baton and rifle bat, kicked him with his boots and slapped him. When Sirajul Islam protested and begged the SI to stop abusing his son, the SI also beat him with the rifle. When Sirajul was lying on the floor, he proceeded to kick him in the chest and lower belly. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin was beaten unconscious. Sirajul was taken to Chakaria hospital but the doctor referred him to Chittagong Medical College Hospital in order to receive better treatment. Sirajul died at midnight that night, during the transfer to Chittagong. The post mortem report, influenced by the police, stated that he died of ‘high blood pressure.’ In addition to this, Nurul Amin was implicated in a false case and spent one day in jail custody immediately after the torture. A murder case was filed against the perpetrators by the father of Sirajul Islam on 15 May with Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Cox Bazar. The administration has tried to prove the charges false and also pressure the family into withdrawing the case. Furious with the death of farmer Sirajul Islam, locals started to attack the Chakaria thana police station on the morning of 15 May. The outraged locals threw bricks at policemen during the riots that continued for about 4 hours, injuring fifteen.
According to the fact findings of BIHR and CHFR, there are no doubts that Sirajul Islam died as a result of torture. The full report can be obtained from GHRD urgentappeal@ghrd.org or BIHR: bihr@bangla.net
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
The practice of torture is considered one of the most serious human rights crimes and as such it is part of jus cogens. No person, regardless whether he is a criminal or not, should be subjected to torture by law enforcement officers in any circumstances. The Constitution of Bangladesh Article 35 (5) prohibits torture. Bangladesh is also a state party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), since October 1998. However, by refusing to implement Article 14 of CAT, an integral part of the convention which guarantees victims the legally-enforceable right of redress, rehabilitation and compensation, the government has effectively negated its commitment to the entire treaty. The Bangladesh Government is also yet to declare its acceptance of Art. 22, a declaration that would pave the way for initiating the individual communication mechanism, allowing the Committee Against Torture to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals. In sum, despite joining CAT and having a constitutional provision prohibiting torture, the Government of Bangladesh has taken no steps to criminalise torture, passed no treaty enabling legislation or amended domestic laws to give access to remedies, rehabilitation or compensation for victims. Finally, individuals who have suffered torture only have recourse to national remedies. It is well known that torture is endemic in police stations in Bangladesh and the government of Bangladesh has failed to take genuine action to prevent this brutal practice.
SUGGESTED ACTION: GHRD strongly urges the local police authorities to follow-up on the investigation of this case and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victims must receive necessary legal assistance and adequate compensation for the damages caused. In particular, the government of Bangladesh should:
Form an independent commission headed by a High Court Judge with a view to enquire into the matter to ascertain the cause of death of Sirajul Islam as well as investigate the torture of Nurul Amin and publish a report at the earliest;
Ensure exemplary punishment of the perpetrators who were directly and indirectly involved in this gross violation of human rights;
Form an impartial expert team of forensic medicine along with judicial magistrate and re-establish the postmortem/autopsy of Sirajul Islam as well as publish this report;
Provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of victim and victim’s family;
Ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
Provide human rights education and training to the Police Inspectors and policemen who run police stations;
Remove reservation from the Art.14 of Convention Against Torture, accepting victims right to compensation;
Accept Article 22 of CAT, allowing the Committee Against Torture to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals. In order to help, please print the following sample letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below.
Sample letter:
Dear ___________,
I am deeply concerned with the news received from Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) regarding the brutal and fatal torture of farmer Sirajul Islam (52) of Chakaria Upazia in Cox’s Bazar District on the 14-15 May, 2008. Sirajul was tortured to death due to his attempt to hinder the police from torturing his son. I am told that On 14 May, Nurul Amin arrived with his father, grandfather and some other relatives and neighbours to attend an arbitration hearing at the Chakaria thana police station. Outside of the police station, Sub Inspector (SI) Hafizur Rahman started to verbally insult and subsequently beat Nurul Amin with a baton and rifle bat, kicked him with his boots and slapped him. When Sirajul Islam, the father of Nurul Amin, protested and begged the SI to stop abusing his son, the SI also beat him with the rifle. When Sirajul was lying on the floor, he proceeded to kick him in the chest and lower belly. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin was beaten unconscious. Sirajul was taken to Chakaria hospital but the doctor referred him to Chittagong Medical College Hospital in order to receive better treatment. Sirajul died at midnight that night, during the transfer to Chittagong. The post mortem report, influenced by the police, stated that he died of ‘high blood pressure.’ In addition to this, Nurul Amin was implicated in a false case and spent one day in jail custody immediately after the torture. A murder case was filed against the perpetrators by the father of Sirajul Islam on 15 May with Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Cox Bazar, but the administration has tried to prove the charges false and also pressure the family into withdrawing the case. According to the fact findings of BIHR and CHFR, there are no doubts that Sirajul Islam died as a result of torture. LEGAL FRAMEWORK The practice of torture is considered one of the most serious human rights crimes and as such it is part of jus cogens. No person, regardless whether he is a criminal or not, should be subjected to torture by law enforcement officers in any circumstances. The Constitution of Bangladesh Article 35 (5) prohibits torture. Bangladesh is also a state party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), since October 1998. However, by refusing to implement Article 14 of CAT, an integral part of the convention which guarantees victims the legally-enforceable right of redress, rehabilitation and compensation, the government has effectively negated its commitment to the entire treaty. The Bangladesh Government is also yet to declare its acceptance of Art. 22, a declaration that would pave the way for initiating the individual communication mechanism, allowing the Committee Against Torture to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals. In sum, despite joining CAT and having a constitutional provision prohibiting torture, the Government of Bangladesh has taken no steps to criminalise torture, passed no treaty enabling legislation or amended domestic laws to give access to remedies, rehabilitation or compensation for victims. Finally, individuals who have suffered torture only have recourse to national remedies. It is well known that torture is endemic in police stations in Bangladesh and the government of Bangladesh has failed to take genuine action to prevent this brutal practice. I therefore request you to ensure that adequate investigations are carried out to ensure that the perpetrators are punished and that the victims receive necessary legal assistance and compensation for the damages caused. In particular, the government of Bangladesh should:
Form an independent commission headed by a High Court Judge with a view to enquire into the matter to ascertain the cause of death of Sirajul Islam as well as investigate the torture of Nurul Amin and publish a report at the earliest;
Ensure exemplary punishment of the perpetrators who were directly and indirectly involved in this gross violation of human rights;
Form an impartial expert team of forensic medicine along with judicial magistrate and re-establish the postmortem/autopsy of Sirajul Islam as well as publish this report;
Provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of victim and victim’s family;
Ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
Provide human rights education and training to the Police Inspectors and policemen who run police stations;
Remove reservation from the Art.14 of Convention Against Torture, accepting victims right to compensation;
Accept Article 22 of CAT, allowing the Committee Against Torture to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals. I trust that you will take immediate action on this serious matter.
Yours sincerely,
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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed Chief Advisor Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Chief Advisor Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 8828160-79, 9888677 Fax: +880 2 8113244 or 3243 or 1015 or 1490
2. Mr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562792 Fax: +880 2 9565058
3. Mr. Nur Mohammad Inspector General of Police Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562054 or 7176451 or 7176677 Fax: +880 2 9563362 or 9563363
4. Barrister Fida M Kamal Attorney General of Bangladesh Office of the Attorney General Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +800 2 9562868 Fax: +800 2 9561568

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: Student Leader of Sunni Religion Brutally Tortured by Policemen

Appeal: Bangladesh: Student Leader of Sunni Religion Brutally Tortured by Policemen
Dear Friends,
Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is deeply concerned about information received by the Bangladesh Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) regarding a student league leader that has been brutally tortured by Policemen on 9 November 2007 in Bangladesh. The victim is a 29 year old student in his seventh semester of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Queens in Dhaka. Early in the morning on 9 November 2007 he was tortured in his own home by the guards of the residence. The names of the 7 guards that were on duty that morning are known, together with the names of the 7 conspirators to the torture.
CASE DETAILS:
On 9 November 2007 between 12.15 am and 1.30 am, for the duration of 45 minutes the victim was tortured. The 7 perpetrators who where on duty under the Gaur Nadi Police Station were knocking at the main door of the victim who was living there to care for his old grandfather. The servant opened the door and asked for their identity. At first they refused and demanded her to open the door. When she insisted they disclose their identity, they introduced themselves as men of the administrative and again demanded her to open the door. Finally they kicked in the door and stormed into the house. At this time, the victim was sleeping in his room. The victim fled through the back door of his room, but unfortunately he was caught by the policemen as he was reaching the door of the house next door. The policemen then proceeded to torture him severely. They slapped him, kicked him with their boots and hit him with their rifle bats and baton. The victim fell down on the ground and was then kicked upon his chest with boots as well as poked with the sharp part of the rifle all around his body. The perpetrators also verbally insulted him and threatened to kill him in a crossfire incident. As he begged for his life, neighbours awoke and attempted to help him, but the guards assured that there was nothing to worry about as they were simply doing their job and catching a common thief. As his neighbors recognized him, they continued to prohibit the torture so the policemen were forced to admit him to the local health complex as an accident patient. As his condition deteriorated, the health complex authority referred him to the Barishal Shere Bangla Medical College Hospital on the same day where he was treated from 09 November to 12 November 2007. He was then admitted to the National Institute of Kidney Disease and Urology (NIKDU) in Dhaka on 13 November 2007 for better treatment until the 24 November 2007, as was advised by a doctor of the Shere Bangla Medical College Hospital, Barisha. Following this, he was admitted to the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victim's (BRCT) clinic and still he is under treatment. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: With regards to the violations it is known that there had been an illegal relation between two of the known conspirators. The incident of illegal relation was disclosed to all people of the village and was also published on daily news paper at a local and even national level. Arbitration meetings were set up at a local level with regards to these activities, at which the victim gave a statement as a witness against the two conspirators and also protested against their illegal activity at personal level. As a result they were upset with him and sought revenge. The conspirators then gave illegal money as a bribe to the guards involved in order to plan the brutal revenge and even encouraged for the victim to be killed.
FINDINGS:
The victim was brutally tortured by members of a law enforcing agency who were illegally influenced by his rival group. This is not only a violation of the Constitutional law of the state (article 35(5)), but also a violation of many international human rights conventions such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), to which Bangladesh has been a party since October 1998. However, it is well known that torture is endemic in police stations in Bangladesh and the government has failed to take genuine action to eliminate such brutal practice of the police despite its treaty obligation under the CAT.
SUGGESTED ACTION:
In light of the above, GHRD strongly urges the local police authorities to follow-up on the investigation of this case and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victims must receive necessary legal assistance and adequate compensation for the damages caused. In order to help, please print this letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below:
1. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed Chief Advisor Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Chief Advisor Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 8828160-79, 9888677 Fax: +880 2 8113244 or 3243 or 1015 or 1490
2. Mr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562792 Fax: +880 2 9565058
3. Mr. Nur Mohammad Inspector General of Police Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562054 or 7176451 or 7176677 Fax: +880 2 9563362 or 9563363
4. Barrister Fida M Kamal Attorney General of Bangladesh Office of the Attorney General Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +800 2 9562868 Fax: +800 2 9561568

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: College student (20) arrested and tortured by the police at Ramna, DMP, Dhaka, Bangladesh

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: College student (20) arrested and tortured by the police at Ramna, DMP, Dhaka, Bangladesh [UA-BA-08.04.2008(a)]
Dear Friends,
Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has received disturbing information regarding a male college student (20) who was arrested and tortured on 07 March 2008. The young student was taken to the police station in Dhaka and continuously tortured until the following day according to the Bangladesh Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) that investigated the matter. CASE DETAILS: On 07 March 2008 the police arrested the young student without any allegations against him, after which they asked his family to pay 50,000 taka as a bribe to release him. As the family was not able to pay such amounts, they offered to pay them 10,000 taka on the spot, and a remaining 5,000 if he was released without any harm done. The police authorities took the money from the family but broke their promise as they physically tortured their son while in police custody. The abuse consisted of slapping, kicking, hanging him from the ceiling, beating with baton and hockey stick, and electric shocking. In addition to this, he was mentally harassed and threatened to be killed in crossfire. As a result of the torture the three middle fingers of his left hand were fractured, his right hand was severely swollen, and the rest of his body suffered from severe injuries. After the torture took place, the police took the young man to court under false allegations, but due to his physical condition the court ordered him to return to jail custody where he would receive medical treatment at the jail hospital. Up to date, police deny all the alleged actions, and no investigation has been carried out by authorities on this matter. SUGGESTED ACTION: In light of the above, BIHR and GHRD strongly urges the local government to:
to form an independent commission headed by a High Court Judge with the aim to enquire into the matter in order to determine the cause of torture on the student and to publish the report at the earliest;
to ensure punishment of the perpetrators who were directly and indirectly involved in this violation of human rights;
to provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of victim and victims family;
to ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
to provide human rights education and training to the Police Inspectors and policemen who run police stations as well as to remove reservation from the Art.14 of Convention against Torture. In order to help, please print the following sample letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below.
Dear ___________,
Bangladesh: College student (20) arrested and tortured by the police at Ramna, DMP, Dhaka, Bangladesh.I am deeply concerned with the news received from Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) regarding a male college student (20) who was arrested and tortured on 07 March 2008. The young student was taken to the police station in Dhaka and continuously tortured until the following day according to the Bangladesh Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) that investigated the matter. I am told that on 07 March 2008 the police arrested the young student without any allegations against him, after which they asked his family to pay 50,000 taka as a bribe to release him. As the family was not able to pay such amounts, they offered to pay them 10,000 taka on the spot, and a remaining 5,000 if he was released without any harm done. I am also told that the police authorities took the money from the family but broke their promise as they physically tortured their son while in police custody. The abuse consisted of slapping, kicking, hanging him from the ceiling, beating with baton and hockey stick, and electric shocking. In addition to this, he was mentally harassed and threatened to be killed in crossfire. As a result of the torture the three middle fingers of his left hand were fractured, his right hand was severely swollen, and the rest of his body suffered from severe injuries. In addition to this I was informed that after the torture took place, the police took the young man to court under false allegations, but due to his physical condition the court ordered him to return to jail custody where he would receive medical treatment at the jail hospital. Up to date, police deny all the alleged actions, and no investigation has been carried out by authorities on this matter. I therefore request you to ensure that:
to form an independent commission headed by a High Court Judge with the aim to enquire into the matter in order to determine the cause of torture on the student and to publish the report at the earliest;
to ensure punishment of the perpetrators who were directly and indirectly involved in this violation of human rights;
to provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of victim and victims family;
to ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
to provide human rights education and training to the Police Inspectors and policemen who run police stations as well as to remove reservation from the Art.14 of Convention against Torture. Taking into consideration that this incident is not an isolated event but rather these violations frequently take place in Bangladesh, I also urge the International Community, including the European Union and the United Nations to take a more active role to improve the deteriorated human rights situation in Bangladesh that has been under state of emergency since January 2007. I trust that you will take immediate action on this serious matter.
Yours sincerely,
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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed Chief Advisor Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Chief Advisor Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 8828160-79, 9888677 Fax: +880 2 8113244 or 3243 or 1015 or 1490
2. Mr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562792 Fax: +880 2 9565058
3. Mr. Nur Mohammad Inspector General of Police Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9562054 or 7176451 or 7176677 Fax: +880 2 9563362 or 9563363
4. Barrister Fida M Kamal Attorney General of Bangladesh Office of the Attorney General Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +800 2 9562868 Fax: +800 2 9561568

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

URGENT APPEAL:Concern about Arbitrary Detention,Review Lawfulness of Detention of Mr. Hasan Khan

24 February 2009 Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Dear Prime Minister, Concern about Arbitrary Detention, Review Lawfulness of Detention of Mr. Hasan Khan The Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples (ACPP), a regional human rights organization based in Hong Kong, writes to express our concern over the personal security of Mr. Hasan Khan who was arrested o n 25 May 2008. We are concerned that the case of Mr. Khan may constitute arbitrary detention which is a breach of article 9 of the International Covenant on the Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). ACPP is informed from local human rights organization Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) that Mr. Hasan Khan, 32 years old, was abducted by 6 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officers on the way home from Gazipur Court around 12:15pm, 25 May 2008. His wife, Ms. Hasi Begum, stated that the RAB officers who arrested Mr. Khan were Sajjad, Rahmat and Mainul, as shown from their badges. At that time Ms. Begum asked for the reason of the arrest of her husband but there was no response. Since then, the victim’s family does not know his whereabouts. On 31 May 2008, during a RAB investigation in Uttoar Dattapara area, Tongi, some local people were informed that Mr. Khan was arrested by the R AB. Ms. Begum has sought information from the Tongi Police Station but was declined. She also filed an application to the Inspector General of Police on 29 May 2008, there was no response either. Since the arrest, the victim’s family has not been informed of any charges against Mr. Khan and there has not been any trial on his case. These cause great psychological pressure to the victim’s family. We understand that Mr. Khan has been compelled to join a terrorist group and has been involved in some criminal cases earlier, this current arrest may b e linked to this back ground.Nevertheless, your government has obligation to comply with criminal justice and judicial justice process in any case investigation according to the international human rights standards. Article 9 provides that everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. The arrested person shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest, promptly infor med of any charges against him, and promptly brought before a judge in case of criminal charges. Otherwise, detainee has right to challenge lawfulness of his/her detention and should be released if the detention unlawful. Based on th e information that we received, your government did not follow these provisions in the case of the arrest of Mr. Hasan Khan.Hence, it may constitute arbitrar y detention and should be rectified. In line of article 9 of the ICCPR, ACPP urges your government to:
• inform Mr. Khan’s family his whereabouts; • review the lawfulness of the arrest of Mr. Khan; and • release and compensate Mr. Khan if the detention is unlawful. Thank you for your attention and we look forward to your favourable response to this issue. Yours faithfully,
Irene Koo Human Rights Section Cc.: Mr. Shafik Mhmed, Minister, Ministry of Law, Justice &
Parliamentar y Affairs Gen. Moeen U Ahmed, Chief of Army Staff, Ban gladesh Army Mr. Nur Mohammad, Inspector General of Po lice, Bangladesh Police Mr. Hassan Mahmud Khandokar, Director General, Rapid Action
Battalion Consul General, Consulate General of the Peo ple's Republic of
Bangladesh

Monday, February 23, 2009

FACT FINDING REPORT: An Immediate Released Prisoner Has Not Been Known for Nine Months Following the Detain by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-1

An Immediate Released Prisoner Has Not Been Known for Nine Months Following the Detain by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-1 in Dhaka. Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights has been received a fact-finding report conducted by a high level fact-finding team of BIHR regarding to Mr. Hasan Khan, an immediate released prisoner has not been known for nine months following the detain by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-1, in Dhaka. His relatives have appealed to top officials, including the head of the government, since his disappearance and also filed a Writ Petition to the High Court Division of Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Court issued the rule to the concern authority of the Government as well as directed to response the rule within three weeks but no appropriate action has been taken, even no investigation has been conducted. Biographic Information:
Name of the Victim : Md. Hasan Khan (32)
Civil status of the Victim : Married (father of two daughter) Address of the Victim :Ershad Nagar Datta Para, Tagbari, Post: Chotobazar, P/s_Tungi, Dist: Gazipur,
Bangladesh
Date of arrest : May 25, 2008, around at 12.15 pm
Place of arrest : Counter of Dhaka Paribahan, Tungi College
Road, (Near Tongi College Get), Gazipur,
Dhaka.
Name of the alleged person : i. Sajjad ii.Rahmat iii.Mainul and iv.other three RAB Personnels RAB-1, Jasim Uddin Road, Uttora, Dhaka Fact Details:
On May 25, 2008 Mr. Hasan Khan went to Gazipur Court to appear in Session Case No 292 of 2005. His wife Hasi Begum was along with him at that time. On their way back to home at Tongi College Road Bus Stand, a RAB team comprising six members stopped the Bus {Dhaka Paribahan No Dhaka Metro- BA- 14 – 2398) near Tongi coolege get and dragged Mr. Hasan out of the bus and picked him up on a microbus (Micro Bus No. BA-14-2398). Hasan wife asked the RAB member about the allegation against him but did not receive any replay from them. Hasi Begum identified three RAB members named Sajjad, Rahmat and Mainul from their badge. Taking Mr. Hasan Khan, the RAB member started for RAB -1 office Uttora, Dhaka by the said microbus. The wife of the victim also followed the microbus by a CNG auto rikshaw but she was not allowed to enter the RAB office. She asked the RAB personnel (Getman) about her husband and was replied that she had no opportunity to meet with her husband and she was advice to inquire with the local Tongi Police Station. Then victim’s wife went to the Tongi Police Station but the local police station could not provide any information about the arrest of her husband. The officer in charge of Tongi Police Station told that the same is the matter of RAB and they have no scope to provide any information about the arrest of Hasan untill he is not handed over to the police. Then she requested them to enter a Gneral Diry about Hasan’s arrest by RAB which was refused by the Tongi Police Station. After arrest, Hasan Khan was not produced before any court. Even his family members have not been informed about his whereabouts and or location although his wife has been trying to get it since his arrest. After seven days of his arrest on May 31, 2008 four RAB members went to Uttoar Dattapara area of Tongi to get information regarding character and back ground of the said Hasan Khan and also informed same of the local people that Mr. Hasan Khan was arrested by them. Getting no way left on May 29, 2008, Hasi Begum, wife of the victim sent an application to the Inspector General of Police stating the details incident praying to know about the condition of her husband. But the Inspector General of Police did not give any replay to the letter till today and she is still dark about the whereabouts of her husband. Then on June 22, 2008 she arranged a press conference at Reporters Unity Dhaka stating the details incident praying to concerned authority as well as the human right organization to know about the condition of her husband. The news of the said press conference was published various newspaper on June 23, 2008. Finally, Hasi Begum, wife of the victim with the help of a local human rights organization filed a Writ Petition before the High Court of Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Ocober 26 2008 praying to issue a rule nisi calling upon the concerned authority to show case as to why Mr. Hasan Khan being arrested by the RAB on May 25, 2008 shall not be produced before the Hon’ble court so that everyone satisfy that he is not being held in custody without lawful authority and in unlawful manner as well as to take other fit and proper step as deem by the Hon’ble Court. The bench of High Court of two members comprising Hon’ble Justice Mr. Sayed Mahammad Hossain and Justice Mr. Kamrul Islam Siddique heard the petition and issued a rule upon the government of Bangladesh represented by the Secretary, Ministry of home affairs, Inspector General of Police, Director Genaral of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Commanding Officer of RAB-1 and Officer in Charge of Tongi Police station, Gazipur and also directed to return the rule within three weeks on same day. But yet the respondent did not response about the rule. . Background Information: Mr. Hasan Khan Left for Soudi Arabia with a job about 14/15 years ago and stayed there for long time and then about 8/9 years ago come back to Bangladesh in the year 2000. After coming back he bought a micro bus and started transport business in his area and at this time, a local terrorist groups demanded toll money from Mr. Hasan, other wise they will destroy the microbus. The said terrorist group also asked him to join them, otherwise he would be killed and later he was compelled to join the terrorist group. As a result, he was involved in some criminal cases and some enmities crop pled up against him in his area. He was arrested by police and was in custody for about seven years. Then on May 05, 2008 he was released from the jail. His wife tried her best to bring back him from this life and from his notorious friends and after coming out of jail the victim also gave the understanding that he will maintain a good and peaceful life in future leaving his so called friends. BIHR Finding:
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights found that this incident is a clear violation of Article 32 of the Constitution of Bangladesh and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which the government of Bangladesh is a party. Mr. Hasan Khan was detained from May 25, 2008 to till date with out any valid order and was not even produced in the court as required by law which is illegal and without law full authority. The manner of arrest of Mr. Hasan khan and not producing him before the court and not informing his family about his whereabouts being unlawful, the government committed illegality having failed to take appropriate and necessary action required by law. The inaction of the concerned authority to take appropriate steps to inform the victim’s wife on the condition of Mr. Hasan Khan amounts to non-compliance with their statutory duties and therefore without lawful authority. Mr. Hasan Khan is being deprived of his legal and constitutional rights to which he is entitled while he is under the custody of RAB or any body else subsequent thereto and as it is illegal and without lawful authority. The non cooperation of the authority to provide information to the victim’s wife regarding to the condition of him being mala fide and amounting to colorable exercise of power and yet the authorities are not taking any steps to ensure information about actual condition of him. The dislocation of Mr. Hasan Khan under the custody of law enforcing agencies is totally unwanted and without lawful authority. Suggested Action:
Please write letters asking the relevant authorities to investigate into this alleged incident and insist that it is ensured to be a credible investigation, as well as punishment of the alleged perpetrators of this disappearance in accordance with the law. Shahanur Islam Saikot LL.B(Hon's); LL.B (Law & Justice) Advocate Fact Finding Desk Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) 27, Bijoy Nagar, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh Cell: +88 017 20308080, Phone: +88 02 9349851 Email:saikotbihr@gmail.com; bihr@bangla.net

URGENT APPEAL: Whereabouts of an immediate released prisoner remain unrevealed after being arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka

BANGLADESH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME URGENT APPEAL CASE: BIHR-IUA-01-02-2009 DATE: February 23, 2009 ====================================== BANGLADESH: Whereabouts of an immediate released prisoner remain unrevealed after being arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest; involuntary disappearance and security ================================================== Dear Friends Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights has been received a fact-finding report conducted by a high level fact-finding team of BIHR regarding to Mr. Hasan Khan, an immediate released prisoner has not been known for nine months following the detain by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-1, in Dhaka. His relatives have appealed to top officials, including the head of the government, since his disappearance and also filed a Writ Petition to the High Court Division of Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Court issued the rule to the concern authority of the Government as well as directed to response the rule within three weeks but no appropriate action has been taken, even no investigation has been conducted. BIHR urges your immediate intervention to save his life as well as knows whereabouts him. BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: Name of the Victim : Md. Hasan Khan (32) Civil status of the Victim : Married (father of two daughter) Identity document of the Victim : Spot of three stitches on forehead Profession of the Victim : Business of rent a car Address of the Victim :Ershad Nagar Datta Para, Tagbari, P/S:Tongi, Dist:Gazipur,Bangladesh Date of arrest : May 25, 2008, around at 12.15 pm Place of arrest : Counter of Dhaka Paribahan, Tungi
College Road, (Near Tongi College Get)
Gazipur, Dhaka. Name of the alleged person : i. Sajjad ii.Rahmat iii.Mainul and iv.other three RAB Personnels RAB-1, Jasim Uddin Road, Uttora,
Dhaka FACT DETAILS: On May 25, 2008 Mr. Hasan Khan went to Gazipur Court to appear in Session Case No 292 of 2005. His wife Hasi Begum was along with him at that time. On their way back to home at Tongi College Road Bus Stand, a RAB team comprising six members stopped the Bus {Dhaka Paribahan No Dhaka Metro- BA- 14 – 2398) near Tongi coolege get and dragged Mr. Hasan out of the bus and picked him up on a microbus (Micro Bus No. BA-14-2398). Hasan wife asked the RAB member about the allegation against him but did not receive any replay from them. Hasi Begum identified three RAB members named Sajjad, Rahmat and Mainul from their badge. Taking Mr. Hasan Khan, the RAB member started for RAB -1 office Uttora, Dhaka by the said microbus. The wife of the victim also followed the microbus by a CNG auto rikshaw but she was not allowed to enter the RAB office. She asked the RAB personnel (Getman) about her husband and was replied that she had no opportunity to meet with her husband and she was advice to inquire with the local Tongi Police Station. Then victim’s wife went to the Tongi Police Station but the local police station could not provide any information about the arrest of her husband. The officer in charge of Tongi Police Station told that the same is the matter of RAB and they have no scope to provide any information about the arrest of Hasan untill he is not handed over to the police. Then she requested them to enter a Gneral Diry about Hasan’s arrest by RAB which was refused by the Tongi Police Station. After arrest, Hasan Khan was not produced before any court. Even his family members have not been informed about his whereabouts and or location although his wife has been trying to get it since his arrest. After seven days of his arrest on May 31, 2008 four RAB members went to Uttoar Dattapara area of Tongi to get information regarding character and back ground of the said Hasan Khan and also informed same of the local people that Mr. Hasan Khan was arrested by them. Getting no way left on May 29, 2008, Hasi Begum, wife of the victim sent an application to the Inspector General of Police stating the details incident praying to know about the condition of her husband. But the Inspector General of Police did not give any replay to the letter till today and she is still dark about the whereabouts of her husband. Then on June 22, 2008 she arranged a press conference at Reporters Unity Dhaka stating the details incident praying to concerned authority as well as the human right organization to know about the condition of her husband. The news of the said press conference was published various newspaper on June 23, 2008. Finally, Hasi Begum, wife of the victim with the help of a local human rights organization filed a Writ Petition before the High Court of Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Ocober 26 2008 praying to issue a rule nisi calling upon the concerned authority to show case as to why Mr. Hasan Khan being arrested by the RAB on May 25, 2008 shall not be produced before the Hon’ble court so that everyone satisfy that he is not being held in custody without lawful authority and in unlawful manner as well as to take other fit and proper step as deem by the Hon’ble Court. The bench of High Court of two members comprising Hon’ble Justice Mr. Sayed Mahammad Hossain and Justice Mr. Kamrul Islam Siddique heard the petition and issued a rule upon the government of Bangladesh represented by the Secretary, Ministry of home affairs, Inspector General of Police, Director Genaral of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Commanding Officer of RAB-1 and Officer in Charge of Tongi Police station, Gazipur and also directed to return the rule within three weeks on same day. But yet the respondent did not response about the rule. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Mr. Hasan Khan Left for Soudi Arabia with a job about 14/15 years ago and stayed there for long time and then about 8/9 years ago come back to Bangladesh in the year 2000. After coming back he bought a micro bus and started transport business in his area and at this time, a local terrorist groups demanded toll money from Mr. Hasan, other wise they will destroy the microbus. The said terrorist group also asked him to join them, otherwise he would be killed and later he was compelled to join the terrorist group. As a result, he was involved in some criminal cases and some enmities crop pled up against him in his area. He was arrested by police in the connection with a arm case and sentenced of 17 years rigorous imprisonment. After staying about seven years in custody on May 05, 2008 he was released from the jail by bail. His wife tried her best to bring back him from this life and from his notorious friends and after coming out of jail the victim also gave the understanding that he will maintain a good and peaceful life in future leaving his so called friends. BIHR FINDINGS: Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights found that this incident is a clear violation of Article 32 of the Constitution of Bangladesh and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which the government of Bangladesh is a party. Mr. Hasan Khan was detained from May 25, 2008 to till date with out any valid order and was not even produced in the court as required by law which is illegal and without law full authority. The manner of arrest of Mr. Hasan khan and not producing him before the court and not informing his family about his whereabouts being unlawful, the government committed illegality having failed to take appropriate and necessary action required by law. The inaction of the concerned authority to take appropriate steps to inform the victim’s wife on the condition of Mr. Hasan Khan amounts to non-compliance with their statutory duties and therefore without lawful authority. Mr. Hasan Khan is being deprived of his legal and constitutional rights to which he is entitled while he is under the custody of RAB or any body else subsequent thereto and as it is illegal and without lawful authority. The non cooperation of the authority to provide information to the victim’s wife regarding to the condition of him being mala fide and amounting to colorable exercise of power and yet the authorities are not taking any steps to ensure information about actual condition of him. The dislocation of Mr. Hasan Khan under the custody of law enforcing agencies is totally unwanted and without lawful authority. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The incident of Hasan’s disappearance is not a surprise, and not an isolated incident in Bangladesh where due process - showing valid documents prior to arrest and detention of any person - is hardly followed by the law-enforcing agencies. The enjoyment of arbitrary authority to do whatever the law-enforcers want to do and the State's complete failure to hold those officials accountable has plunged the country into such problems. In other words, the law-enforcement agencies have exercised excessive and arbitrary power with blatant impunity from superior authorities and policy-makers for decades. If there is any credible investigation held, numerous similar cases will be discovered. SUGGESTED ACTION: Please write letters asking the relevant authorities to investigate into this alleged incident and insist that it is ensured to be a credible investigation, as well as punishment of the alleged perpetrators of this disappearance in accordance with the law.
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Sheikh Hasina Chief Adviser Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Prime Minister Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 811 3244 / 3243 / 1015 / 1490 Tel: +880 2 882 816 079 / 988 8677 E-mail: pm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd 2. Mr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESHFax: +880 2 956 5058 Tel: +880 2 956 2792 3. Mr. Shafik Ahmed MinisterMinistry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000BANGLADESHFax: +880 2 7168557 (O) Tel: +880 2 7160627 (O) 4. Ms. Shahara khatun Minister Ministry of Home Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000BANGLADESHFax: +88-02-7160405, 88-02-7164788 (O) Tel: +88-02-7169069 (O) 5. Mr. Mahbube Alam Attorney General of Bangladesh Office of the Attorney General Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESHFax: +880 2 956 1568 Tel: +880 2 956 2868 6. General Moeen U Ahmed Chief of Army Staff Bangladesh Army Army Headquarters Dhaka Cantonment DhakaBANGLADESHFax: +880 2 875 4455 Tel: +880 2 987 0011 E-mail: itdte@army.mil.bd 7. Mr. Nur Mohammad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESHFax: +880 2 956 3362 / 956 3363 Tel: +880 2 956 2054 / 717 6451 / 717 6677 E-mail: ig@police.gov.bd 8. Mr. Hassan Mahmud Khandokar Director General (DG) Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) RAB Headquarter Uttara, Dhaka BANGLADESHFax: +880 2 896 2884 (O) Tel: +880 2 896 1105 (O) E-mail: dg_rab@rab.gov.bd Thank You Shahanur Islam Saikot LL.B(Hon's); LL.M (Law & Justice) Advocate Urgent Appeal Programme Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) 27, Bijoy Nagar, B-17, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh Cell: +88 017 20308080, Phone: +88 02 9349851 Email:saikotbihr@gmail.com; bihr@bangla.net