Friday, July 16, 2010

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: Rape victim imprisoned in the name of ‘safe custody’ for a week [UA-BA-01.07.2010]

The Hague, The Netherlands

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: Rape victim imprisoned in the name of ‘safe custody’ for a week [UA-BA-01.07.2010]

ISSUES: Kidnapping, rape, lack of appropriate health services, arbitrary detention.


Dear Friends,

Between the 23rd of June until the 26th of June 2010 Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights together with GHRD investigated the abduction and rape of a 24 year old woman. After the woman was recovered she was imprisoned at the Rangpur Central Jail for eight days, in the name of ‘safe custody’.

Case Details
The alleged perpetrator is a member of the Jubo League which is the youth wing of Awami League. On April 13th 2010, he made a marriage proposal to the victim. He had also been to the house of the victim’s cousin, where she was staying at the time, to discuss the possibility of a marriage between him and the woman. However, on May 19th 2010 at approximately 3.00 p.m. the alleged perpetrator abducted the woman. She was repeatedly raped and kept at different places of Kurigram and Rangpur. On May 22nd, the victim was admitted to the Upazila Health Complex Kaunia, after she became seriously ill due to the abuse against her, and stayed there until May 28th. On the same day as she was released from the hospital, the victim was once again taken away and raped by the suspect. The suspect left the woman while they were on their way to Khopatiunder village at approximately 9pm on May 29th. Khopatiunder is under the jurisdiction of the Kaunia police station in Rangpur.On the 31st of May the victim filed a FIR against the alleged perpetrator at the Kaunia Police Station. After the police recorded the case the woman was sent to the department of Forensic Medicine of Rangpur Medical College Hospital on the1st of June for medical examination. The same day she was sent to the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court in Rangpur where the court took her statement. After this an order was issued to send the woman to ‘safe custody’ on the same day. She was taken to the Rangpur Central Jail were she was forced to stay from the 1st of June until the 8th of June. While the woman was kept in ‘safe custody’ she was denied any form of psychological counselling. On the 8th of June the woman was taken from the Ranjpur Central Jail to a safe home run by the Rangpur-Dinajpur Rehabilitation Service (RDRS) where she was given two sessions of counselling. On June 9th, the woman was once again taken to court where she was released from safe custody. The alleged perpetrator together with the Jubo League leader of the local Upazila Unit were arrested on the 26th of May. No date for court hearing has been set yet.

BIHR on behalf of GHRD investigated the case between the 23rd and the 26th of June by visiting the place where the woman had been kept, talked to the woman and her family, the police at the Kaunia police station and the Superintendent of the Central Jail. They also spoke to the personnel at the RDRS.
Suggested Action:

GHRD finds it very disturbing that the victim girl has been forced by the authorities to reside at the local jail with female prisoners in the name of ‘safe custody.’ In Bangladesh there is a widespread practice of keeping women and girls who have been raped and/or abducted in what is called ‘safe custody’. Safe custody refers to a place where the victim can reside during trial procedures in order to be free of any type of pressure by the perpetrator/s, government officials or other influential persons. It is also a place where the victim is able to recover physically and psychologically. Safe custody must be outside of the jail in a place where adequate living standard facilities will be available for the victims. However, many women and girls in rape and abduction cases are forced to stay at local jails in the name of ‘safe custody’ until the commencement of the trial without any medical treatment or counselling. They are also unable to speak to their families.

Not only was the woman kept in ‘safe custody’ at the Rangpur Central Jail, she did not receive any physical or psychological treatment. In the light of the above it is extremely important that the victim receives essential compensation and rehabilitation and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Specifically, GHRD urges upon the authorities to:

Recommendations


  1. Submit the charge sheet proving the incident of abduction and rape as true, as soon as possible after completing an impartial investigation.

  2. ensure the exemplary punishment of the perpetrators responsible for this assault and to ensure that an adequate and proper investigation is carried out

  3. ensure that the victim an her family receive the necessary legal assistance and medical rehabilitation as required for a full recovery.

  4. provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and her family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity with full rehabilitation to the victim.

  5. establish and provide separate safe homes with adequate and appropriate facilities in every district of Bangladesh.

We trust that the police shall fulfill their obligations, and that the investigations into this case will continue in order for the victim to receive justice. GHRD will continue to monitor the case. Additional information and documentation will be made available upon request.

In order to help, please print the following sample letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below.

Thank you

In order to help, please print the following sample letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below.


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear (.. )

I was recently told about that between the 23rd of June and the 26th of June 2010 Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights together with GHRD investigated the abduction of a 24 year old woman. After the woman was recovered she was forced to be kept in ‘safe custody’ at the Rangpur Central Jail for eight days.

Case Details

The alleged perpetrator is a member of the Jubo League which is the youth wing of Awami League. On April 13th 2010, he made a marriage proposal to the victim.He had also been to the house of the victim’s cousin, where she was staying at the time, to discuss the possibility of a marriage between him and the woman. However, on May 19th 2010 at approximately 3.00 p.m. the alleged perpetrator abducted the woman. She was repeatedly raped and kept at different places of Kurigram and Rangpur. On May 22nd, the victim was admitted to the Upazila Health Complex Kaunia, after she became seriously ill due to the abuse against her, and stayed there until May 28th. On the same day as she was released from the hospital, the victim was once again taken away and raped by the suspect. The suspect left the woman while they were on their way to Khopatiunder village at approximately 9pm on May 29th. Khopatiunder is under the jurisdiction of the Kaunia police station in Rangpur. On the 31st of May the victim filed and FIR against the alleged perpetrator at the Kaunia Police Station. After the police recorded the case the woman was sent to the department of Forensic Medicine of Rangpur Medical College Hospital on the1st of June for medical examination. The same day she was sent to the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court in Rangpur where the court took her statement. After this an order was issued to send the woman to ‘safe custody’ on the same day. She was taken to the Rangpur Central Jail were she was forced to stay from the 1st of June until the 8th of June. While the woman was kept in safe custody she was denied any form of psychological counselling. On the 8th of June the woman was taken from the Ranjpur Central Jail to a safe home run by the Rangpur-Dinajpur Rehabilitation Service (RDRS) where she was given two sessions of counselling. On June 9th, the woman was once again taken to court where she was released from safe custody. The alleged perpetrator together with the Jubo League leader of the local Upazila Unit were arrested on the 26th of May. No date for court hearing has been set yet.

BIHR together with GHRD Dhaka investigated the case between the 23rd and the 26th of June by visiting the place where the woman had been kept, talked to the woman and her family, the police at the Kaunia police station and the Superintendent of the Central Jail. They also spoke to the personnel at the RDRS.

Suggested Action:

I find it very disturbing the victim girl has been forced by the authorities to reside at the local jail with female prisoners in the name of ‘safe custody’. In Bangladesh there is a widespread practice of keeping women and girls who have been raped and/or abducted in what is called ‘safe custody’. In Bangladesh there are two different terms. Jail custody means the accused is kept in custody before or during trial procedures for as long as the court orders. This is also done to prevent the accused from affecting the trial or investigation. The other term, safe custody refers to a place where the victim can reside during trail procedures in order to be free of any type of pressure by the perpetrator/s, government officials or other influential persons. It is also a place where the victim is able to recover physically and psychologically. Safe custody must be outside of the jail in a place where adequate living standard facilities will be available for the victims. However, many women and girls in rape and abduction cases are forced to stay at local jails in the name of ‘safe custody’ until the commencement of the trial without any medical treatment or counselling. They are also unable to speak to their families

Not only was the woman kept in ‘safe custody’ at the Rangpur Central Jail she did not receive any physical or psychological treatment. In the light of the above it is extremely important that the victim receives essential compensation and rehabilitation and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Specifically, I urge upon the authorities:

Recommendations
• to submit the charge sheet proving the incident of abduction and rape as true, as soon as possible after completing an impartial investigation.
• to ensure the exemplary punishment of the perpetrators responsible for this assault and to ensure that an adequate and proper investigation is carried out .
• to ensure that the victim and her family receive the necessary legal assistance and medical rehabilitation as required for a full recovery.
• to provide adequate financial compensation to the victim and her family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity with full rehabilitation to the victim.
• to establish and provide separate safe homes with adequate and appropriate facilities in every district of Bangladesh.

I trust that the police shall fulfill their obligations, and that the investigations into this case will continue in order for the girl to receive justice.
Thank you

Yours Sincerely



In order to help, please write to the authorities listed below:

1. Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Office of the Prime Minister
Tejgaon, Dhaka
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 811 3244 / 3243 / 1015 / 1490
E-mail: pm@pmo.gov.bd or ps1topm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd

2. Mr. Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Supreme Court Building
Ramna, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 5058
Tel: +880 2 956 2792

3. Barrister Shafique Ahmed
Minister of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 7168557

4. Ms. Sahara Khatun MP
Minister of Home Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 7160405, 880 2 7164788

5. Mr. Mahbubey Alam
Attorney General of Bangladesh
Office of the Attorney General
Supreme Court Annex Building
Ramna, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 1568

6. Mr. Nur Mohammad
Inspector General of Police (IGP)
Bangladesh Police
Police Headquarters'
Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 3362 / 956 3363
E-mail: ig@police.gov.bd

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation of the incident of abduction and rape by the Jubo League cadre.

UA No. BIHR/Rangpur/02/06/2010                                                                     June 30, 2010

To.

Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister
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 ps1topm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd

Subject: Seeking justice through the proper investigation of the incident of abduction and rape by the Jubo League cadre.

Dear Sir,
Greetings from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)

The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), established on the realization of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been dedicated to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh from its inauguration.

Bulet Miah, son of Sarder Abdul Hakim of the village Nizpara under the police station Kaunia in Rangpur district who is also cadre of the Jubo League youth wing of the Bangladesh Awami League, Kaunia Police Station Unit abducted the victim Nushrat Jahan Meghla (minor) from the southern side of the Tista Bridge on May 19th, 2010 around 3:00pm and repeatedly raped her in difference places of Kurigram and Rangpur fraudulently introducing them as a legal couple. Meanwhile, the victim was admitted to Upazial Helath Complex, Kaunia on May 22nd, 2010 when the victim became seriously sick due to the atrocity committed against her. Later she was again repeatedly raped throughout the whole night by Bulet Miah in the house of Mr. Abdul Aziz, son of Taher uddin of the village Shibudoitari at Boraihat post office under the Kaunia police sation in the Rangpur district on May 28th, 2010 when she was released from the hospital after cure. On May 29th, 2010 around 7:00pm the perpetrator took the victim to the house of Mr. Nazrul Islam of the village Haldibari Rail Gate under Kaunia police station in Rangpur district and assuerd her that he would marry her before more people. Then the perpetartor escaped, leaving the victim on his way to the home of Mr. Jomsher Ali, of the village Khopatiunder kaunia police station in Rangpur district around 9:00pm that same day. On May 31st, 2010 the victim filed the case with the Kuanina Police Station No. 27, dated the 31st of May, 2010 under section 7/9(1) of the Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act 2000 (Amendment on 2003). Later, she was examined by the department of Forensic Medicine of the Rangpur Medical College and produced to the court. The court issued an order to keep the victim in safe custody after taking her statement. However, the concerned authority put the victim in the Rangpur jail in the name of same custody on June 1st, 2010.

This incident of human rights violations has been looked in to through a fact finding investigation conducted by a four member team from BIHR, headed by Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive Director BIHR; Sree Rabindra Prosad Gupto, GHRD, Golam Mostofa, TFT Coordinator, Ranpur and Dipak Kumar Pal, TFT Coordinator, Gaibandha from June 23rd to June 26th, 2010. After completion of the investigation the findings of the fact finding team is as follows:

1. The authorities forced the victim to live at the local jail with female prisoners, in the name of “safe custody”.

2. The concerned police administration is inactive to arrest the perpetrators as well as to submit a charge sheet promptly through impartial investigation due to the influence by local political leaders. .

3. The Medical exterminator of the department of forensic medicine of Rangpur medical college did not conduct a medical examination properly.

4. The parents of the accused and local influential persons are trying to threaten and coerce the victim’s family into withdrawing the case.

5.The victim was not provided proper psychological treatment as well as counseling during the time that she was kept in the local jail in the name of “safe custody.”

BIHR thinks that all of the above mentioned findings are violations of human rights and should have prompt action taken though proper investigation.

Therefore, the Bangladesh institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is expecting your prompt initiative on this incident to protect and promote human rights, as protecting the fundamental rights as well as the human rights of individuals is a constitutional responsibility.

It will be highly appreciated if you send a copy of taken initiatives to the office of BIHR.


Yours Sincerely,  



Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot
LL.B (Hon’s); LL.M (Law & Justice)
JusticeMakers Fellow 2010, Switzerland

Secretary General/ Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Cell: 01720308080, Ph: 02 9349851, Fax: 028352166
Email: saikotbihr@gmail.com,www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 11, 2010

STATEMENT: Published in the Daily Star on 24 June, 2010

NEWS: Shahanur Islam - Bangladesh


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Growing up and working for human rights in Bangladesh, Shahanur noticed that people often become victims of their own ignorance and lack of resources vis-à-vis the criminal justice system.
Shahanur holds a Masters in Laws (LL.M) with a focus on human rights law, and has about ten years experience working in the fields of human rights, peace advocacy, criminal justice and good governance.  His experiences gave him technical and managerial skills covering a wide range of development areas, including designing and implementing projects related to human rights, criminal justice, peace and good governance; providing legal support and counseling to victims of violence (focusing on ethnic and religious minority women and children); initiating and carrying out projects to strengthen local government; networking with different NGO’s; facilitating trainings, seminars, and workshops on human rights issues as a trainer and moderator; and lobbying at both the national and international levels. Shahanur also has experience providing direct legal support to the Bangladesh Court for Criminal Justice, and is currently the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR).

The Problem
Bangladesh's legal system is fraught with problems, making justice essentially inaccessible to most of its citizens. The government has been accused of committing human rights violations.  Ethnic and religious minorities are particularly vulnerable, and are often targets for violence and domestic problems, not only by average citizens but also by law enforcement officials. When someone of an ethnic or religious minority reports a crime, it is common for the police to refuse to file the complaint or investigate. Shahanur offers three fundamental reasons for the denial of legal rights: it takes too long for cases to be tried in court, people cannot afford to pursue their cases, and the legal system is too complex for the average citizen to understand.

The Innovation
Shahanur’s project aims to confront each of these problems by providing support for torture victims and by teaching professionals and the general public about human rights.  The goal is primarily to raise awareness among citizens, law enforcement officials, and those involved in the judicial process.  Shahanur's project is twofold.  First, he wants to create a center or network to provide a form of legal redress for people, particularly women and children, who have been tortured.  His team would seek out torture victims and help them go after the perpetrators.  The team would do this by raising “urgent action appeals” to the proper authorities and to human rights organizations around the world.  It would also provide some economic support to facilitate the victim's legal recourse.  Secondly, Shahanur wants to offer human rights training to lawyers, law enforcement, civil society and judges, focused on the rights of detainees, women and children, and ethnic and religious minorities.  A few selected professionals would then educate the general public in their respective communities.

Friday, July 2, 2010

STATEMENT: Bangladesh: Security forces used excessive force during raid

1 July 2010

Bangladesh: Security forces used excessive force during raid


Bangladeshi security forces used excessive force during a raid on the house of a senior opposition politician on 27 June, Amnesty International said today.

The Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) carried out a violent attack on those gathered peacefully inside the house of Mirza Abbas, a leading Bangladesh National Party (BNP) politician and former mayor of Dhaka, according to testimony given to Amnesty International.

Victims of the raid described sustained and unprovoked beatings of activists and Mirza Abbas’ family members, denial of medical treatment after arrests, and the eliciting of signatures on blank forms as a condition of release, which Amnesty International suspects are for the purpose of falsifying confessions.

Amnesty International has photographed injuries to male and female victims of the beatings.  
More than twenty people were injured during the raid, including Mirza Abbas’ wife Afroza Abbas and his 85 year old mother.

BNP supporters had gathered at Mirza Abbas’s house after he been arrested and accused of involvement in violence during a general strike called by the party.

“The government should immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding this violent raid and ensure that any people hurt by security officials receive justice and appropriate compensation,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh researcher, from Dhaka.

Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to order security forces to comply with their obligations to exercise restraint and avoid the use of excessive force as the country faces a series of clashes during protests.

At least 80 people have been injured over the past two days as police clashed with striking textile workers and protesters contesting the arrest of three top leaders of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party.

The main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), called for a national strike on 27 June. The strike, which was generally orderly, sparked off clashes between the police and demonstrators in some parts of the country, including in Dhaka.

Hundreds of people have been arrested on allegations of involvement in violence, including Mirza Abbas.

“There has been no evidence that the people in Mirza Abbas’ house were violating any law or in any way threatening anyone, so the violent actions of RAB seem totally unjustified,” said Abbas Faiz. “Given RAB’s history of using of excessive, even lethal, force, this incident demands an immediate and strong reaction from the authorities.”

The RAB claims that the security forces entered the ground floor office of Mirza Abbas after people had thrown pieces of bricks at them from that direction.

However, video footage taken by journalists and viewed by Amnesty International shows no sign of people attacking RAB officers in or around the house, but rather, shows RAB personnel attacking people inside the house.

One woman told Amnesty International that she was in the courtyard fetching water when RAB personnel stormed in and grabbed her: "They beat me on my back, the back of my thighs, my arms and my shoulders with a baton. I fell on the ground but the RAB people continued beating me."

She said four or five men beat her until she lost consciousness, and that she did not go to hospital out of fear of arrest there.

Another woman said she was handcuffed in front of the house, then was tied up with a rope and dragged into the courtyard where she was beaten.

She was detained for eight hours by police, denied medical treatment, and only released on condition that her husband sign a blank piece of paper that they feared would be used to manufacture false evidence.

A woman who ran to the bathroom to hide from the security forces told Amnesty International that the RAB chased her, forced the bathroom door open, dragged her out and began to beat her. "I kept asking why they were beating me, but they did not stop and did not answer."

A RAB official who spoke to Amnesty International said "perhaps there should have been more restraint; if there have been excesses, these would be investigated."

However, the government has so far ignored calls from BNP politicians and at least one MP of the governing Awami League to address RAB excesses in the raid.

"The government of Bangladesh must stop praising security forces for carrying out human rights violations, and instead make them accountable to the rule of law," said Abbas Faiz.

Amnesty International also calls for investigations into any criminal attacks carried out by demonstrators during the general strike to be carried out through the criminal justice system, not punished by security forces outside of the due process of law.  


Background
The current ruling party, the Awami League, and the opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, have alternated in government since the early 1990s. When in power, they have both allowed security forces to carry out raids on opposition rallies, beat demonstrators, arrest opposition members, bring politically motivated criminal charges against opposition politicians, and to commit acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, with impunity. Although some police personnel have been prosecuted for committing human rights violations, members of the Rapid Action Battalion have never been prosecuted for allegations of excessive use of force or torture.

HUMAN RITHS REPORT: For the month of June 2010


Ref: BIHR/HRR/06/07/2010                                                                  Date: 02.07.10

Despite of promising to promote and protect human right in Bangladesh, it is widespread across the country

(The State of Human Rights for the Month of June 2010)

The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered with the Department of Social Welfare, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh based on the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) dedicated to promote and protect human rights in Bangladesh. BIHR publishes its state of Human Rights for the period of June 01 to June 30, 2010. The report was prepared by the research and documentation cell of BIHR on the basis of report published on 12 national news papers from June 02 to July 01, 2010, fact-finding mission and its direct sources. BIHR is resents and is deeply concerned over the continuing human rights violations in Bangladesh despite the promises to promote human rights, especially in regards to Extra-judicial Killing. Adv. Shahanur Islam, the Secretary General of BIHR asks the Government to take prompt and effective measures ensuring and end to all kinds of violations as well as demands to investigate and bring the alleged perpetrations before the book, forming a special commission.

Human Rights Violation by State Party

Torture:

BIHR defines “torture” as the violation of human rights anywhere in Bangladesh by any means enacted by personnel of the law enforcing agencies. During the reporting period June 1st to 30th in 2010, 556 people were tortured several places in Bangladesh by law enforcing agencies. Most of them were labour of garment factory and all of them tortured by policemen.

Death due to Killing:

During the reporting period, law enforcement agencies killed 13 people in different places in Bangladesh. Among them 3 people were killed by policemen, 7 were killed by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and 3 people were killed by joint forces comprising the member of RAB and Cost Guard. Among the incident 6 people were killed in the name of so called gun shootings, 3 were killed in the name of cross fire, and 4 were killed by torturing in police and RAB custody, which of them 2 under Police custody and 2 under RAB custody.

Death in Custody:

During the reporting period 4 people died in Police and RAB custody due to torture. Among them 2 were Police custody and 2 were RAB custody. During the period 7 prisoners were death in different jail in Bangladesh and 12 prisoners were injured due to prison clashes.

Border Conflict:
                                                                                                      
During the reporting period, 13 incidences of human rights violations were perpetrated by the Border Security Force (BSF), India and NASAKA, Myanmar. Among the incident 5 Bangladeshi citizens were killed by shootings, 2 people were killed by torture, 1 people were injured due to torture and 16 were injured due to shooting by the BSF. Moreover, 8 people were injured due to shooting by the NASAKA, Myanmar.
                                                           
                                                                       
Organized Violence

Death due to Political Violence:

During the reporting period 17 political leaders, activists and supporters were killed in different political parties in Bangladesh. Among them 13 were the leaders, activist and supporter of the ruling party in Bangladesh, the Awami league and its associated wings, who are death due to their internal conflict.  Moreover, 4 were leaders, activist and supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed in the same period, which of all of them were killed by their internal conflict.

Injured due to Political Violence:

During the reporting period 1021 political leaders, activists and supporters from different political parties in Bangladesh were injured. Among them 727 were the leaders, activists and supporters of the ruling party the Bangladesh Awami League and its associated wings, in which 592 of them were injured due to inner-party clashing and 77 were injured at the hand of the BNP and its associated wings and 58 people were injured by other parties and terrorists. Meanwhile, 208 leaders, activist and supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its associated wings were injured, which of them 101 were injured due to inner-party clashes, 97 were injured at the hand of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate wings and 10 were injured by the hand of others. Moreover, 86 people of others different party were injured by different clashes.

Minority Repression:

During the reporting period, 34 minority peoples were injured, 4 were abducted, 6 were murdered due to 23 different incident of human rights violation including attacks, looting, vandalism, abduction, land grabbing, attempt to land grabbing, attempt to abduction, rubbery, destroying religious statue and murder. These offenses have taken place against the ethnical and religious minority community in several area of Bangladesh. 

Death Due to mass Beating:

During the reporting period, 14 people were killed in different place due to mass beating and 3 were injured due to same reason.

Violence against Women and Children

Rape and attempt to Rape:        

During the reporting period a total 39 women, children and adolescent girl were raped. Among them 8 were killed by perpetrators after rape and 31 were injured due to rape. All of them 10 were women and 29 were children and adolescent girls.  During the period 2 women and girl were victimized in gang rape and also fall in death due to gang rape.  Besides these incidents, 8 women and children were victimized in attempted rape.

Eve Teasing & Molestation:

The word molestation means, “sexual harassment through teasing, using abusive worlds, and unwanted disrobing. During the reporting period a total number of 43 women, adolescent girls and children, were victimized in eve teasing and molestation in several places in Bangladesh.

Acid Throwing:
                                                     
During the reporting period 9 people were victimized by acid throwing. Among them, 4 were women and 4 were children and adolescent girl.

Violence Due to Dowry:

During the reporting period 12 house wives were killed and 9 were physically assaulted by their husbands or members of their husband’s family due to dowry and family related matters.

Abduction and Trafficking:                                                                    

During the reporting period 48 people were abducted from different places in Bangladesh. Among them 1 were women and 28 were children and adolescent girls. Besides this, 3 women and girls were attempted abduction.                                          

Suicide and suspected death:

During the reporting period 82 people committed suicide in different places in Bangladesh. Among them 51 were women and 9 were children and adolescent girls. Besides this, 7 were suspected death, which of them, 5 were women and 2 were others.

Other Social Violence

General Killing:

During the reporting period 186 people died due to different kinds of social violence in several place throughout Bangladesh. Among them 37 were women, 25 were children and adolescent girls and 124 were others.

Death due to Negligence and Dead Body Recovery: 

During the reporting period10 people died due to negligence as well as wrong treatment provided by their doctors. Among them 4 were women, 3 were children and 3 were others.  In the same time, 87 dead bodies were found in deferent places throughout Bangladesh. Among them 24 were women, 1 were children and 62 were others.                                      

Journalist and Human Rights Defender Repression:

Journalists and human rights defenders are considered to be the conscience of society. During the reporting period 18 incident of human rights violation has been perpetrated against journalist and human rights defender. Among of them, 1 was abducted, 2 were put to the jail custody, 5 were faced in case, 17 were injured and 2 were attacked on the journalist house.

Verdict of Death Sentence:

During the reporting period, the different court of Bangladesh pleased to issue order to death sentence against 21 people in 11 incidents.

Recommendation:

To promote the existing human right situation in Bangladesh, it is necessary to stop all kinds of torture and extra-judicial killing as well as other human rights violations; to form a special commission to investigate the entire incident and bring the perpetrators before the law as soon as possible.





Thursday, July 1, 2010

URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation on the incident of killing due to torture


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URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation on the incident of abduction and rape by the Jubo League cadre


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URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation on the kidnapping of Hindu minority Community child.

UA No. BIHR/Dhaka/01/06/2010                                                                        June 17, 2010


To.
Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister
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 ps1topm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd


Sub: Seeking justice through the proper investigation on the kidnapping of Hindu minority Community child.


Dear Sir,
Greetings from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)


The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), established on the realization of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been dedicated to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh from its inauguration.


On March 16, 2010 Sumita Rani Dutta, the 14 year old child of Sree Nanda Dutta of the village and post Fulkocha, under the police station and district of Sirajgonj, was abducted by her so called boyfriend, Sohag Rana Badhon. Then the father of the victim lodged a First Information Report at Sirajgonj Sador police station under the “Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act 2000” (amendment in 2003). However, the concerned police station did not rescue the victim until April 1st 2010 due to the negligence of concerned police administration. Finally, the police compelled to rescue the victim as well as arrest the perpetrators on April 2nd, 2010 due to continuous demonstrations held by the local people, journalists and human rights activists. The incident of human rights violations has conducted a fact finding investigation by three members team of BIHR, comprised of Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive Director BIHR; Sree Rabindra Prosad Gupto and Ashoke Banarjee since June 6th to June 8th, 2010. After completion of the investigation the findings of the fact finding team‟s are as follows:


1. The perpetrator abducted the child girl in the name of a so called love affair(victim is a minor, she is a child according to her birth certificate).


2. Inspired the filing of the case by the victim‟s father regarding the abduction of his child, the police authorities were negligent in rescuing the victim as well as in arresting the perpetrators.


3. Though the police administration rescued the victim as well as arrested the perpetrators, it was only due to the continuous demonstrations conducted by the local people, journalists and human rights activists, the police authorities were also negligent in completing the medical examination of the victim.


4. The authorities forced the victim to live with female prisoners at the local jail, in the name of „safe custody‟ immediately after her rescue.


5. The parents of the accused and local influential persons are trying to threaten and coerce the victim‟s family into withdrawing the case.


6. The police are not providing adequate protection and support for the victim‟s family.


7. The Investigation Officer tried to prove that the victim is an adult by mentioning the age of the victim as being sixteen years old instead of fourteen years old without considering the birth certificate and school certificate of the victim when she was forwarded to the Residential Medical Officer (RMO) of Sirajgonj General Hospital for Medical Examination to influence the RMO.


8. The Investigation Officer sent the victim to a medical examination without properly informing her legal guardian.


9. The Investigation Officer tried to prove that the victim, being Muslim in religion, using name of the victim as Sumitra @ Mosammed Suma instead of Ms Sumitra Rani Dutta without proper evidence during a forwarding letter to RMO.


10. The Investigation Officer is going to submit charge sheet against Sohag Rana Badhon only under section 7 of the Women and Children Repression Act of 2000 (Amendment 2003) instead of including section 9(1) ( rape) of the same act.


11. The Residential medical officer (RMO), Sirajgonj, did not take proper initiative to do a medical examination. Rather he sent back the victim without completion of the examination, giving as his excuse the refusal of consent by the victim without considering the age of the victim.


12. The police are not taking proper initiatives to prepare and submit the Charge Sheet to the accused.


13. The victim was not provided proper psychological treatment as well as counselling during the time that she was kept the in local jail in the name of “safe custody.”


14. Though the jail code is not applicable for victims that are living in safe custody, the Deputy Commissioner as well as the District Magistrate of Sirajgonj did not give permission to the fact finding team of BIHR to meet with the victim in jail, saying that there is no rule in Jail Code requiring that they give permission.


15. The residential medical officer (RMO) of Sirajgonj registered the victim name as Mrs. Suma instead of Sumitra Rani Dutta while she appeared for her medical examination.
BIHR thinks that all of the above mentioned findings are violations of human rights and should have prompt action taken though proper investigation.


Therefore, the Bangladesh institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is expecting your prompt initiative on this incident to protect and promote human rights, as protecting the fundamental rights as well as the human rights of individuals is a constitutional responsibility. It will be highly appreciated if you send a copy of taken initiatives to the office of BIHR.




Yours Sincerely,




Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot
Secretary General/ Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Cell: 01720308080, email: saikotbihr@gmail.com
www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com