Monday, August 30, 2010

URGENT APPEAL: demands to rehabilitate them as well as make a credible investigation to bring the allege perpetrators before justice

BANGLADESH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME

URGENT APPEAL CASE: BIHR-IAU-30-08-10

DATE: August 30, 2010

Type of Violation: Right to shelter, religious activity, security, and personal integrity

Dear Friends
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights has been received a fact finding investigation report conducted by it high level investigation team from August 19-21, 2010 regarding some influential people of old Dhaka attempted to grab the old Hindu buildings including the temple, evicted some of the residing members, destroyed the temple and residences, looted the valuable statue of temple and property of the residing people as well as severely beat the males and molested the females. The victim urged the concerned police station to protect them, initially the police authority did not come to protect them. Though the victims demand to rehabilitate them as well as make a credible investigation to bring the allege perpetrators before justice, yet no proper action has been taken by the concern authority.

Date and place of event:
Date: 11 August around at 4.30 pm to 12 August around at 11.am
Location: 222, Lalmohan Saha Street, Police Stration: Sutrapur, Dhaka Metropalitan Police(DMP), Dhaka

BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:
Name of the victim:
Total families who are victims: 33
Members in these families: 102

Families evicted by the land grabbers:
  1. Loknath Gosh, Son of Monoranjan Ghosh (3 members)
  2. Nirmal Sen, son of Nihar Sen (2 members)
  3. Pradip Bhaumik, Son of Chittoranjon Bhaumik (4 Members)
  4. Sunil Baroy (4 members)
  5. Sukumar Baroy (4 members)
  6. Hiraranjon Bhaumik, son of Chttoranjon Bhaumik (3 members)
  7. Tapun Bhaumik, son of Chittoranjon Bhaumik (2 members)
  8. Prabir Bhaumik, son of Chttoranjon Bhaumik (3 members)
  9. Parimal (1member)
  10. Swapan De, son of Haradhon De (4 members)
  11. Tapu De, son of Haradhon De (3 members)
In total 11 families and 33 members

Families under threat of eviction:
  1. Bimal Chandra Ghosh, son of Sree Monoranjon Ghosh (4 Members)
  2. Sujan Chandra Ghosh, son of Sree Monoranjon Ghosh (4 Members)
  3. Jagannath Chandra De, son of Uttom Chandra De (3 members)
  4. Dipak Chandra De, son of Nani Gopal De (3 memebers)
  5. Raton Chandra Bhaumik, son of Chittoranjon Bhaumik(3 members)
  6. Krisno Ghosh, son of Binod Chandra Ghosh (4 members)
  7. Bishmanath Ghosh, son of Gopal Ghosh(4members)
  8. Rama Dutta, Son of Radha sham Dutta (2 members)
  9. Madan Banik (4 members)
  10. Kajol Baroy (4 members)
  11. Babulal Chandra De, son of Banku Bihari (3 members)
  12. Kanai Ghosh (8 members)
  13. Narayan Chakrabarti (4members)
  14. Basudeb Roy (6 members)
  15. Bolay De (3 members)
  16. Litan Dutto(2 members)
  17. Krisna Mondal (3 members)
  18. Dipti Rani, wife of Gobinda De (1 Member)
  19. Swapon Saha Banik, son of Manoranjon Saha (7 members)
  20. Dinesh Chandra Sen, son of Khettra Mohan (5 members)

In total 20 families and 69 members.

Severely beaten 1 person: Sujan Chandra Ghosh, son of Manoranjon Ghosh

ALLEGED PERPETRATORS:
1. Radha Kanta Banik, son of Sreedham Chandra Banik
2. Hazi Islam
3. Ibrahim
4. Tutul
5. Nurhazi,
6. Deloar Hazi
7. Masum

DESCRIPTION:
On 11 August 2010, around at 4:30 pm 20 to 26 land grabbers including Ibrahim, Tutul, Nurhazi, Deloar Hazi, and Masum led by Hazi Islam and Radha Kanta Banik trespassed the old building of 222, Lalmohan Saha Street, Police Stration: Sutrapur, Dhaka Metropolitan Police(DMP), Dhaka including the Sree Sree Radhakanta Jeo Hindu temple. They attempted to take possession of the building forcefully through creating a terrorist environment.  They did this by using hand bombs and by shooting. They destroyed the Radhakanta Jeo Hindu temple as well as looted the valuable statue of Sree Sree Radha Kanta, Lakhhi Thakuani and Janardon Tagore. They aslo destroyed the door and window of the temple as well as humiliated the holy statue. They beat Sujan Chandra Ghosh while he tried to protest their illegal activities. They also destroyed the door, window, and furniture.  They also looted valuable property from some of the residents.  They even evicted 11 residing families forcefully by beating and threatening them. They also threatened the other 20 families, with 69 members in total, to leave the building as soon as possible. Further, they molested some women and children.  During the incident, the victim’s family asked the concerned police station to assist them. However, the police station did not take initiative to protect them.  Rather, they assisted the perpetrators.

LEGAL STATUS:
Swapon Saha Banik, son of Manoranjon Saha lodged a First Information Report (FIR) with the Sutrapur police station.  Sutrapur Police station Case No. 29/504, date: 17.08.2010 under section 448,447,103,506 of the Penal Code. Later, on 20 August 2010, he again filed a suplimentery FIR with the same Police station. On 12 August, 2010 the Metropolitan Magistrate issued  an order under section 145  of the Criminal Procedure Code. Later, on 13, August the concerned police station allocated three policemen for the security of the temple as well as the residing people.

ACTION:
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights with the help of GHRD investigated the incident from 19-21 August, 2010. BIHR team visited the spot, talked with the victims, eyewitnesses, investigation officer of the case, Officer in Charge of Sutrapur Police Station, talked with additional deputy commissioner, and deputy commissioner of Wari zone as well as all who are concerned with the incident.

UPDATE:
As the lobbying of BIHR team, Officer in Charge of Sutrapur police Station assured to rehabilitate the evicted family to their resident as well ensure the all kinds of security of all the victims.

BIHR FINDINGS:
Primarily the concerned police officials were unwilling to assist the victims
The victims did not receive any physical or psychological treatment as well as financial assistance.
The concerned police officials are not active to arrest the perpetrators.

SUGGESTED ACTION:
Please write letters to the relevant authorities to investigate this alleged incident as well as rehabilitate the victim and also ensure the exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of this injustice and violence in accordance with the law.

  • To ensure the rehabilitation of the evicted victims;
  • To form a judicial inquiry committee headed by a justice of high court as well as publish the report as soon as possible;
  • 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’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity with full rehabilitation;
  • To ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards both of general people and government authority;
  • To provide human rights education and training to both the general people and the government authorities in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
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
Tel: +880 2 882 816 079 / 988 8677
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 /+880 2 7161344
Tel: +880 2 956 2792
E-mail: chief@bdcom.com or supremec@bdcom.com 

3. Barrister Shafique Ahmed
Minister
Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Tel: +880 2 7160627 (O)
Fax: +880 2 7168557 (O)
Email: info@minlaw.gov.bd 

4. Ms. Sahara Khatun MP
Minister
Ministry of Home Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Tel: +880 2 7169069 (O)
Fax: +880 2 7160405, 880 2 7164788 (O)
E-mail: minister@mha.gov.bd 

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
Tel: +880 2 956 2868

6. Prof. Mizanur Rahman Khan
Chairman
National Human Rights Commission
6/3 Lalmatia, Block-D
Dhaka-1207
BANGLADESH
Tel: +880 2 9137740
Fax: +880 2 9137743
E-mail: nhrc.bd@gmail.com 

7. Mr. Nur Mohammad
Inspector General of Police (IGP)
Bangladesh Police
Police Headquarters'
Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 3362 / 956 3363
Tel: +880 2 956 2054 / 717 6451 / 717 6677
E-mail: ig@police.gov.bd

8. A K M Shahidul Hoque
Commissioner
Dhaka Metropolitan Police
DMP Headquarter
36, Shahid Captain Monsur Ali Road
Ramna, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 8322746
Tel: +880 2 9331555/+880 2 8322746
Mobile: +8801711538313
E-mail: complain@dmp.gov.bd / emergency@dmp.gov.bd / commissioner@dmp.gov.bd

I trust that you will take immediate action on this serious matter.

Yours sincerely,


Saikot Shahanur Islam
LL.B (Hon’s), LL.M (Law & Justice)
Advocate
JusticeMakers Fellow-10, Switzerland

Secretary General/Executive Director
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
www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Appeal to US Secretary of State

Your Excellency Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State
Washington DC, United States 

Dear Madam Secretary,

The verdict announced by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, rejecting the designation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) as a terrorist group by the former Secretary of State, is a tremendous transition in the path of ending a great injustice which is harming the Iranian people and the residents of Camp Ashraf who are affiliated with the PMOI. We are confident that you will implement the Court of Appeals’ ruling and by delisting the PMOI from the List of FTO, make a great contribution to democracy in Iran and peace and stability in the region. 

The PMOI designation is not only used in the path of violating the rights of the members and supporters of the PMOI as the democratic opposition of the Iranian regime. It has also been exploited to justify the execution of their members and supporters inside Iran, and during the past seven years, this label has been a tool to suppress the residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. 

The recent US Court of Appeals’ ruling has paved the road for you to correct the mistakes made. 

There is no need to say that justice should not be conditioned to political considerations, and the interests of nations and free governments rests in observing democracy and the law. We hope that by ridding the injustice done to the PMOI, you will put an end to our grave worries. 

Yours Sincerely,


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

Secretary General/Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Flat # B-17, 27, Bijoy Nagar, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh 
Email: saikotbihr@gmail.com, bihr.bd@gmail.com 
Cell: + 88 017 20308080, Ph: +88 02 9349851 
Fax: + 88 028352166, www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com

URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation of the incident of beating by Parliament Member


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


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Regarding the Harassment of Apparel Industry Demonstrators and Union Leaders

August 10, 2010

We are seeking your immediate intervention to stop the serious harassment of trade union leaders and other labor rights activists and workers in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry who have been pressing for the right of workers to organize in unions and seeking increases in Bangladesh's minimum wage regulations.

On July 29, 2010, after tripartite negotiations with government, workers, and employers, the government raised the daily minimum wage from 1662 taka to 3000 taka. However, the action angered workers who claimed the increase is less than the amount needed to meet the rising cost of living for urban-based workers and fell far short of the increase that the workers, trade unionists, and NGO activists were demanding. As has occurred numerous times in the history of Bangladesh's RMG industry, on July 30 and 31, worker anger and frustration boiled over into the streets, with roads being blocked, vandalism and attacks against factories and properties taking place, and use of force by police and security forces that resulted in scores of injuries among protesting workers. Human Rights Watch condemns instances of violence by the protesters as well as incidents where security forces may have used excessive force to quell the protests.

Human Rights Watch is particularly concerned that these incidents are being used by the government to justify a crackdown on the work of labor rights activists. On July 30, the government targeted the recognized Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), and accused BCWS leaders Kalpona Akhter, Babul Akhter, and Aminul Islam of inciting worker unrest during the protests. Long considered by independent and impartial international observers as a responsible and peaceful labor rights organization, BCWS has close ties with representatives of foreign apparel companies, NGOs, and international trade union and labor rights groups. The BCWS leaders have denied the charges against them.

This latest development follows on the heels of other attempts by the government to restrict the work of BCWS and other trade unionists clamoring for an increase in the minimum wage. On June 3, the government's NGO Affairs Bureau (NAB) revoked the NGO registration of BCWS, effectively denying its legal right to exist and operate. Government officials were ordered by the Director General of NAB to seize BCWS's office and property, and their foreign donations account frozen. On June 16, Aminul Islam, who was later charged in the July 30 prosecutions, was detained by National Security Intelligence officers and says he was coerced into signing a self-incriminating statement admitting responsibility for worker unrest and illegal activities. He has publicly stated that he was severely beaten in detention and allegedly threatened with death before he managed to escape. Aminul Islam is currently in hiding.

As a result of this recent history, BCWS leaders have told us and others that they are worried about their own physical safety, as well as that of their families and colleagues. We urge you to act swiftly to encourage prosecutorial authorities to either drop the charges against BCWS leaders or, if they have lawfully obtained evidence justifying a trial, to accord them a fair and expeditious trial. The prosecutorial authorities should examine the credibility and legitimacy of any evidence they have gathered. We also urge an immediate and impartial investigation into the claims by Aminul Islam that he was tortured in detention, and a commitment to hold accountable any officers found to have committed such abuses and that no evidence obtained by torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment will be used in any legal proceedings (except against those who carried out any torture).

Furthermore, we call on you to publicly guarantee the safety and security of labor rights activists from BCWS and other trade union organizations who lawfully protested against their conditions of employment. The government has engaged in a harsh rhetorical campaign against the protesters, branding them as "provocateurs," "saboteurs," and even "terrorists" and claiming they incite violence and unrest in the RMG sector, appearing to allege, without providing any evidence that the protestors are responsible for the violence.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to an opportunity to discuss these matters further.


Sincerely yours,



Phil Robertson
Deputy Director, Asia division


cc: Sahara Khatun, Minister of Home Affairs
Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Thursday, August 5, 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: Bangladesh: Monthly Human Rights Report (July 2010) by GHRD


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Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD)
Monthly Human Rights Report
Bangladesh, July 2010

 

GHRD is very concerned about the high number of attacks against religious minorities this month in Bangladesh, especially against Hindus. During July GHRD has investigated three cases involving attacks and assaults against Hindu victims. In addition to this local newspapers have also reported about several similar incidents. This month report also contains information about CHT. According to news reports several NGOs in the region are under the surveillance of the government. Additionally, the Chittagong Hills Tracts Commission recently sent out a memorandum to the Prime Minister regarding their concern about the attacks taking place in February of this year. Other updates from this month include a verdict made by the High Court that will declare extrajudicial punishments, such as fatwa, illegal. Additionally, following the High Court’s verdict in 2005 regarding the scrapping of the fifth amendment of the Bangladeshi constitution, the government are now preparing a draft to amend the Bangladeshi constitution in order to restore a constitutional spirit of "secularism" and "democracy”.

Fact Finding Investigations and Legal Assistance


Abducted Hindu girl recovered and back with her family with the legal assistance of GHRD
25th of July, Narayangank District

In December last year, 2009 GHRD received information about the abduction of a 16 year old Hindu girl. Seven months later the girl has now been recovered on the 25th of July 2010. According to the girl during this time she has been sexually assaulted by the persons responsible for her kidnapping. On the 25th the girl was brought back together with her parents trough the legal assistance of GHRD Dhaka.


Rape victim imprisoned in the name of ‘safe custody’ for a week


 
The jail where the victim was forced to stay under ‘safe custody’
On May 22nd she 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 woman was set free by the suspect on the 29th of May and later on the 31st of May filed an FIR against the alleged perpetrator at the Kaunia Police Station. Later she was sent to the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court in Rangpur where 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. 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.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (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.


Physical and sexual assault of Dalit women
18th of June, Jessore District
On the 18th of June 2010, a dispute arose between Muslim members of the community and the Dalits, regarding the proposed participation of Muslim men in a Dalit ceremony, exclusively for Dalit women and girls at a Dalit temple. On the evening of this dispute, a group of approximately 10-15 men armed with various weapons gathered outside the Dalit houses. They proceeded to damage the houses and property of the Dalits, including the desecration of sacred items. Several women were physically attacked, requiring hospital treatment, including one whose clothes were torn with the alleged intention of a sexual assault. A number of other Dalits, including children, were also injured in the attacks. All were treated at the Monirampur Health Complex. An FIR was filed on the 18th of May but the suspects were granted bail, and proceeded to threaten the Dalit community.
GHRD Dhaka investigated the case on the 21st of June 2010 by visiting the scene and speaking with the witnesses and victims. GHRD also spoke to the local police who said that the alleged perpetrators could not be arrested due to the court granting bail. Currently no action has been undertaken to bring the alleged perpetrators to prosecution, nor have any protective measures been put in place.
Police inaction in rape case of a Hindu minority woman
21st of June, Dhaka District

On the 21st of June a 26 year old Hindu minority woman was raped. The woman had previously been harassed by the alleged perpetrator, an influential man living in the same village as her. The suspect broke in to the house of the minority woman while her husband was away around 9 p.m. and raped her. After the assault the woman filed an FIR at the Rupgonnj police station on the 22nd of June. She was later taken to the Dhaka Medical College for examination. However, the alleged perpetrator has not been arrested yet and the victim and her husband have been forced to leave their home since they have been threatened by the suspect and other influential persons in the village to withdraw their case. Accordingly, the police have not taken any actions to find and arrest the alleged perpetrator.

GHRD Dhaka investigated the case on the 6th of July by visiting the resident of the victim and the suspect. The suspect was not there but GHRD spoke with his wife who said that her husband was not guilty of the charges. GHRD also talked to local witnesses, the victim and her husband and the local police who said that the alleged perpetrator is not residing within their jurisdiction.
Police negligence in rape and abduction case of a Hindu minority girl allegedly perpetrated by an BNP
4th of March, Lalmonirhat District

On the 4th of March a 19 year old Hindu girl was raped by a professor of her college, who is also a BNP member. The has in the past sexually harassed the girl but she has refused to engage in any sexual activities with the man even though she was threatened that if she did not do as he wished he would destroy her future studies. However, on the 4th of March the girl was asked by a friend of the professor to join him for some sweets at his medicine store, where instead she was taken to a nearby house where the professor was waiting. She was offered some snacks but soon became dizzy and weak. The professor then gagged her mouth and raped her. After the rape the alleged perpetrator told the girl that he would throw acid on her if she did not sign a paper they gave her. Furthermore, he said that if she told anyone about the rape he would kill her. Fearing for her life the girl did not tell anyone about the rape, but when the friend of the professor told the girl on the 23rd of May that the documents she was forced to sign were going to be used in order to produce a manufactured certificate assuring that the girl had converted from Hinduism to Islam she told her parents about the rape. After hearing about the assault, the parents of the girl made a written complaint to the principal of the girl’s college which resulted in the suspension of the professor. Allegedly this led the professor, together with 10-12 other suspects, to attack the house of the girl on the 24th of May. The suspects broke into the house of the girl around 10 a.m. armed and said that since the girl had failed to keep quiet about the rape she would now be gang raped and killed. She was dragged out of her house in front of her mother and some other locals. When they attempted to stop the suspects, they themselves were attacked. The suspects forced the girl onto a motorcycle but she managed to escape by throwing herself from the bike not far from her house. On the 25th of June the girl filed an FIR at the Lalmonirhat Police station against the professor and the friend of the professor for rape and aiding and abetting rape. The father of the victim also filed an FIR at the police station against the suspects attack on their home on the 24th of June and for physical assault, attempted kidnapping and attempted murder, although this charge was not pursued.
Both cases are now pending in two separate courts. In regards to the rape case neither the professor nor his friend have been arrested. According to the local people, the police have remained passive since the alleged perpetrator is bribing them. Additionally, the police also failed to bring the girl before the Women and Children Repression Tribunal at Lalmonirhat in order to get her statements which they are obliged to do according to section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Act 2003 (Amended). Furthermore, the girl was not subject to a medical examination, which the police are obliged to arrange. A memorandum requesting the arrest of the suspects in the rape case has been submitted by the locals to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. There was also a human chain arranged on the 2nd of July where protesters demanded the immediate arrest of the accused professor.

GHRD investigated the case on the 20th of July by talking to the victim, who is now hiding at an undisclosed location due to fear of attacks by the suspects, her family and local witnesses. They also tried to reach the suspected professor but were not able to. However, they did speak to his wife who claimed that her husband is innocent and that the girl had tried to start a romantic relationship with him. According to the principal of the girl’s college, the professor has had his membership withdrawn from BNP.


Religiously motivated attack against a Hindu minority family.


6th of July, Dhaka district
On the 6th of July, as the only Hindu family living in their apartment building, the family were attacked by some of the Muslim residents in the same building. According to the family these residents have in the past pressured them for money and they also demanded that the family would stop with their religious rituals. Despite this the family has continued to practice their religion. The last time the extortionist demanded money from the family, they refused to pay, which aggravated them and led to the assault on the 6th.
The residents, together with some other people, broke into the house of the family armed with bricks and iron rods and threatened them they could no longer practice their religion in the building. The father of the family was attacked and suffered injuries on his neck. The mother was also assaulted and when she tried to protect their deities and religious images in the home these were destroyed. A golden chain was also stolen from the mother of the family. The police were informed at the same night of the assault but when the family tried to file an FIR against the suspects the police refused to do so. However, on the 7th of July after the intervention of GHRD the family managed to file an FIR at the Ramna Model police station.

GHRD investigated the matter on the 7th of July by visiting the house of the family, taking statements from witnesses who confirmed the incident. GHRD also tried to reach the alleged perpetrators but without success. On the 25th of July GHRD was informed that the perpetrators had been granted bail by the Metropolitan Magistrate and the suspects are now threatening the family.


Urgent Appeals

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

Bangladesh: Physical and sexual assault of Dalit women [UA-BA-06.07.2010]
 

Bangladesh: Police inaction in rape case of a minority woman [UA-BA-14.07.2010]
 

Bangladesh: Religious motivated attack against a Hindu minority family [UA-BA-20.07.2010]
 

Bangladesh: Police negligence in rape and abduction case of a Hindu minority girl allegedly perpetrated by an BNP member[UA-BA-28.07.2010]
 


NGO and Media Reports


Recent attacks against Hindus  

Extra judicial punishments declared illegal by the High Court
 

Odhikar publish month reports from January-June 2010
 





Local Observers and Partners
GHRD Dhaka conducts fact finding investigations and provides legal assistance to minority victims of human rights violations in Bangladesh. In addition GHRD Dhaka, collaborates with Parittran (Dalit Rights), Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims and Bangladesh Minority Watch.
GHRD Dhaka, Observer Advocate Rabindra Ghosh 3/2 Purana Paltan – Purana Paltan P.S, Dhaka-1000 Phone nr : + 0711172468

Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW) 12, K.M. Das Lane- Tikatully- Bholagiri Trust- Sutrapur PS, Dhaka.Telephone: 0088-01711172468, bdmw.org.


 
 
 
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Monday, August 2, 2010

The State of Human Rights for the Month of July 2010


Ref: BIHR/HRR/07/08/2010                                                                Date: 02.08.10

The Law enforcing agencies is still continuing the extra judicial killing, torture and harassment, though the government has come to power promising to promote and protect human right in Bangladesh

(The State of Human Rights for the Month of July 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 July 01 to July 31, 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 July 02 to August 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, torture, political violence, death due to negligence of doctor, rape, eve teasing and molestation, minority repression as well as violence against journalist and human rights defender. 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 July 1st to 31th in 2010, 617 people were tortured several places in Bangladesh by law enforcing agencies. Most of them were labour of garment factory and 2 people severely injured by he shooting of policemen.

Death due to Killing:

During the reporting period, law enforcement agencies killed 17 people in different places in Bangladesh. Among them 9 people were killed by policemen, 5 were killed by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), 2 people were killed by joint forces comprising the member of RAB and Policemen and 1 people was killed by Cost Guard. Among the incident 6 people were killed in the name of so called cross fire, 2 were killed in the name of gun fight, 7 were killed by torturing in police, and 2 were killed by shooting. Moreover, 2 people were fall in death due to run after by the police.

Death in Custody:

During the reporting period 7 people died in custody due to torture. During the period 3 prisoners were death in different jail in Bangladesh without torture.

Organized Violence

Death due to Political Violence:

During the reporting period 18 political leaders, activists and supporters were killed in different political parties in Bangladesh. Among them 12 were the leaders, activist and supporter of the ruling party in Bangladesh, the Awami league and its associated wings. Amongst them 3 were dead due to their internal conflict, 8 were killed by the terrorist and 1 was dead by Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) during the clash. Moreover, 6 were leaders, activist and supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed in the same period, which of them 4 were killed by terrorist and 2 were dead by Bangladesh Awami League and its associate wings during the clash.

Injured due to Political Violence:

During the reporting period 575 political leaders, activists and supporters from different political parties in Bangladesh were injured. Among them 457 were the leaders, activists and supporters of the ruling party the Bangladesh Awami League and its associated wings, in which 378 of them were injured due to inner-party clashing and 59 were injured at the hand of the BNP and its associated wings and 37 people were injured by satra shibir and terrorists. Meanwhile, 72 leaders, activist and supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its associated wings were injured, which of them 1o were injured due to inner-party clashes, 59 were injured at the hand of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate wings and 3 were injured by the hand of terrorist and others. Moreover, 47 people of others different party were injured by different clashes.

Minority Repression:

During the reporting period, 91 minority peoples were injured, 3 were abducted, 6 were murdered, 20pwoplw were compelled to leave their residing village due to 38 different incident of human rights violation including attacks, looting, vandalism, abduction, land grabbing, attempt to land grabbing, attempt to abduction, rubbery, destroying religious statue, treats and murder. These offenses have taken place against the ethnical and religious minority community in several area of Bangladesh. 

Mass Beating:

During the reporting period, 11 people were killed in different place due to mass beating and 21 were injured due to same reason.

Violence against Women and Children

Rape and attempt to Rape:        

During the reporting period a total 53 women, children and adolescent girl were raped. Among them 3 were killed by perpetrators after rape and 1 commited suicide after rape. All of them 16 were women and 37 were children and adolescent girls.  During the period 6 women and girl were victimized in gang rape and 1 was killed after gang rape.  Besides these incidents, 11 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 67 women, adolescent girls and children, were victimized in eve teasing, molestation and sexual harassment in several places in Bangladesh.

Acid Throwing:
                                                     
During the reporting period 10 women, children and adolescent girl were victimized by acid throwing in several places in Bangladesh.

Violence Due to Dowry:

During the reporting period 18 house wives were killed and 14 were physically assaulted by their husbands or members of their husband’s family due to dowry and family related matters. Moreover, 1 was committed suicide due to dowry related violation.

Abduction and Trafficking:                                                                    

During the reporting period 145 people were abducted from different places in Bangladesh. Among them 7 were women and 26 were children and adolescent girls. Besides this, 5 women and girls were attempted abduction. Moreover 52 women, girls and children were rescued during the time of trafficking in difference place of the country.

Suicide and suspected death:

During the reporting period 42 people committed suicide in different places in Bangladesh. Among them 21 were women and 9 were children and adolescent girls. Moreover, 1 was attempted to commit suicide. Besides this, 24 were suspected death, which of them, 11 were women and 13 were others.

Other Social Violence

General Killing:

During the reporting period 248 people died due to different kinds of social violence in several place throughout Bangladesh. Among them 67 were women, 36 were children and adolescent girls and 145 were others.

Death due to Negligence and Dead Body Recovery: 

During the reporting period14 people died due to negligence as well as wrong treatment provided by their doctors. Among them 3 were women, 4 were children and 7 were others.  In the same time, 78 dead bodies were found in deferent places throughout Bangladesh. Among them 20 were women, 20 were children and 38 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 14 incident of human rights violation has been perpetrated against journalist and human rights defender. Among of them, Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Secretary General and Executive Director of Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) as well as the member of Dhaka Bar Association and Bangladesh Bar Council and also the recipient of Justice Makers Fellowship Award 2010 by International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), Switzerland for the prevention of torture through direct legal aid and human rights education has been harassed by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at west side of Bangabandu Bridge, Sirajgonj abusing their power. Beside this 1 was missed, 3 were faced in false case, 5 were injured, 2 were recive death threat and 1 was attacked on the journalist house.

Violence at Garments Factory:

During the reporting period, 615 labors of garments were victimized in torture by the policemen, 2 were found death, 8 were injured by internal clashes in 15  different incident of several garment factories. Beside this more than 3000 labors were face in false case in these regards.

 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. Moreover, make sensible the law enforcing agencies about the human right during their duties.                           


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