Wednesday, September 29, 2010

URGENT ACTION: Death of a minority boy in prison due to torture by the policemen.


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Monday, September 27, 2010

FACT FINDING REPORT:An Indigenous Community Child has been victimized in Gang Raped as well as having the Girl is Eexcommunicated by the Community People.


The news headed “An indigenous adolescent girl has been rapped alluring to give job at Ghoragha under Dinajpur district” was published the daily Karatoa on 27 august 2010. The news came to knowledge at the concern authority of Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and a fact-finding mission has been conducted by a team of Bangladesh BIHR & GHRD comprising Adv. Rabindra Ghosh, GHRD, Dhaka; Gonesh Rajbongsi, Volunteer, GHRD, Dhaka; Rabindra Prasad Gupta, Volunteer, BIHR; Adv. Shahanur Islam, Executive Director, BIHR on 2nd and 3rd September 2010.

Friday, September 24, 2010

NEWS:Probe body hold first meeting on death of JASAS man in custody

A home ministry committee for probing the death of Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha leader Amirul Islam Mintu in custody at its first meeting on Thursday discussed a complaint on the issue referred by the National Human Rights Commission.

‘We have discussed the complaint of a rights organisation referred to the home ministry by the National Human Rights Commission,’ a committee member told New Age after the meeting.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

NEWS:Arrest warrant against four police officers

Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: September 22, 2010 22:52 PM
Reported in: National
 
Dhaka, Sep 22 (UNB)- The CMM court today ordered warrant of arrest against four former police officers of Ramna thana in a case that accused them of torturing a BCL leader in custody more than 6 years ago.

The accused are former OC Mahbubur Rahman, SIs Nair Ali and Rezaul Karim and police sergeant Anwar.

NEWS:Warrants issued for arrest of four policemen

Staff Correspondent 

A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued warrants for arrest of four police officers, including former Ramna police officer-in-charge Mahbubur Rahman, in connection with torturing a Chhatra League leader in custody to force ‘false admission’ in the case of attempt on the life of Dhaka University teacher Humayun Azad in 2004.

Metropolitan magistrate Mehedi Hasan Talukder passed the order after hearing an investigation report on a complaint filed with the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on March 5, 2008 by Chhatra League leader Abu Abbas Bhuiyan accusing former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar and the four policemen of torturing him in custody to force ‘false admission.’

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

রমনা থানার সাবেক ওসি সহ চার পুলিশের বিরুদ্ধে গ্রেফতারী পরোয়ানা "


রিমান্ডে নিয়ে স্বীকারোক্তি আদায়ের নামে নির্মম নির্যাতনের অভিযোগে রমনা থানার সাবেক ওসি মাহবুবুর রহমান, এস আই নাসের আলী, এস আই রেজাউল করিম ও সার্জেন্ট আনোয়ারের বিরুদ্ধে আজ গ্রেফতারী পরোয়ানা জারী হয়েছে। মহানগর হাকিম জনাব মেহেদি হাসান তালুকদার ঢাকা মহানগর গোয়েন্দা পুলিশ কর্তিক প্রদত্ত তদন্ত রিপোর্টের ভিত্তিতে মামলাটি আমলে নিয়ে এই আদেশ প্রদান করেন।

মামলার অভিযোগে জানা যায়, গত ২৭ ফেব্রয়ারী ২০০৪ ইং তারিখে  ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের বাংলা বিভাগের সম্মানিত শিক্ষক ডঃ হুমায়ূন আজাদের উপর সন্ত্রাসীদের হামলার প্রতিবাদে  গত ২৮ ফেব্রুয়ারী ২০০৪ ইং তারিখে ঢাকা বিশ্ব বিদ্যালয়ের সাধারণ ছাত্র-ছাত্রীদের ব্যানারে অনুষ্ঠিত মিছিল হতে ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে রাষ্ট্রবিজ্ঞান বিভাগের ছাত্র ও বাংলাদেশ ছাত্রলীগ কেন্দ্রীয় নির্বাহী সংসদের গণশিক্ষা বিষয়ক সম্পাদক মোঃ আবু আব্বাস ভুঁইয়াকে গ্রেফতার করে রমনা থানা্য় আটকনির্মম নির্যাতন করে। পরবর্তীতে ডঃ হুমায়ূন আজাদের উপর সন্ত্রাসী হামলা্য় মিথ্যেভাবে জড়িত করে ৫ দিনের রিমান্ডে নিয়ে স্বীকারোক্তি আদায়ের নামে গত ০২ মার্চ ২০০৪ তারিখ পর্যন্ত রমনা থানার তৎকালীন ভারপ্রাপ্ত কর্মকর্তা মাহবুবুর রহমানসহ উল্লেখিত পুলিশ সদস্যগন অমানবিক নির্যাতন করে তার বাম হাতের মধ্যাঙ্গুল ভেঙ্গে ফেলে। পরবর্তীতে তার অবস্থা খুব বেশী খারাপ হলে জেল হাজতে প্রেরণ করেন।

Monday, September 20, 2010

NEWS: NHRC asks govt to probe youth’s killing by BDR

Staff Correspondent

The National Human Rights Commission has asked the home ministry investigate the killing of a youth by the Bangladesh Rifles in Lalmonirhat on August 18.

The ministry was also asked to report to the commission by October 3 after inquiring the complaint filed by Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights on the basis of newspaper reports on the killing.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bangladesh: Monthly Human Rights Report (August 2010) by GHRD



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

Introduction

This month GHRD investigated human rights violations concerning police negligence, murder, looting and land grabbing, bribery and two religiously motivated attacks against minorities. Land grabbers attacked a 300-year old Hindu temple in Sutrapur, evicting 11 Hindu families. GHRD also investigated an attack against an Ahmediyya community in the Tangail District, alleged to have been agitated by the local Islamic extremist group Imam Parishad. The attacks received a lot of attention both by media and local human rights groups. On a positive note, the Office of the Prime Minister demanded the Home Ministry to ensure that a full investigation will be carried out into one of the kidnapping cases investigated by GHRD/BIHR in June. GHRD and BIHR welcome the initiative and will continue to monitor the implementation.

Breaking News!

The Office of the Prime minister demands investigation into kidnapping of Hindu girl 


After the BIHR/GHRD fact-finding and submission of an urgent appeal regarding the police inaction into the kidnapping of a 14 year old girl, the office of the Prime Minister instructed the Secretary of Home Minister to take necessary actions to ensure the proper investigations into the kidnapping of the Hindu girl. The girl was abducted on the 16th of March at Sirajgonj district. Although there was a FIR filed by the victim’s father, she was not rescued till 1st April. Finally - due to continuous demonstration by the local people, journalist and human right activists - the police compelled to rescue the victim as well as arrest the perpetrators.

Fact Finding Investigations and Legal Assistance

Religiously motivated attack against Hindu temple. In total 31 families victimized by landgrabbers. 
11 August, Dhaka 

Between 19-21 August BIHR with the help of GHRD investigated an attack against a 300-year old Hindu temple at the Sutrapur District. On 11th August numerous perpetrators attacked the temple, destroyed several parts of it and desecrated Hindu deities. Valuables belonging to the temple such as sacred images were also looted. A man belonging to the community was severely beaten when he tried to stop the perpetrators. Eleven families were forcefully evicted and another twenty families were threatened to leave their homes immediately.
During the incident, the victims asked the local police station to intervene, yet, no actions were taken by the police. Instead, according to the statement of an eyewitness, the police assisted the perpetrators by asking the victims to leave their home.
One of the men belonging to the community, has lodged a FIR (at) the Sutrapur police station on 17th August, but on 20th August he sent GHRD an appeal containing his statement that he was forced by a local policeman to sign this false FIR, as it gave the perpetrators the right to occupy the temple and it did not mention the demolishing of the temple.According to his statement, after the perpetrators got bail from court on the 19th of August, they threatened the victims again and even - according to the victim - bomb was exploded on the 20th of August.
On the 20th August 2010 he decided to file a supplementary FIR in order to correct his previous allegations and to supplement the previous FIR. No perpetrators have been arrested as a result of the investigation, moreover, they keep conducting their illegal activities – according to victim’s statement – mostly with the knowledge of police. GHRD investigated the incident locally, spoke with the authorities and issued urgent appeal.

Police negligence in an attack against Ahmediyya community
7th August, 2010 Tangail district

 

Police negligence and attempt bribery in murder case of a Hindu minority man
7th August, 2010 Jessore District
On the 7th of August GHRD investigated the murder of a 45 year old Hindu man, who was killed after he – despite of being warned to do so – did not withdraw the case he filed against the alleged perpetrators responsible for the abduction of his wife and children on the 3rd of May 2008. The man was kidnapped and killed on the 9th of August 2009, and his decapitated body was found outside the Jessore District. His wife was threatened not to report the case, however she was once again kidnapped by the same suspects and forcefully converted to Islam and pressured to marry the main suspect.

The local village police filed an FIR at the Moheshpur police station asking the local chairman to trace the perpetrators. The mother of the victim has tried to bring the suspect to justice and filed a petition at the Judicial Magistrate Court of Jessore. However, the sub inspector of the police station of Kotwali (who allegedly received bribes from the suspects) provided false evidence during a court hearing on the 17th of April 2010 – later he admitted that his report was not correct - which led to the dismissal of the case and the impunity of the perpetrators.
An attempt was also made by this Inspector to bribe the GHRD team during their investigation so as not to disclose his misconduct. Despite this, he is still working at the police station and is involved in the investigation.On the 9th of July 2010 three suspects were arrested and all of them confessed to the abduction and murder of the Hindu man. The main suspect was also arrested and is now in jail custody.
GHRD investigated the case on the 7th of August 2010 by visiting the house of the victim, talking to the victim’s mother and local witnesses.The victim’s children live with his mother who had once again been threatened to withdraw her case. However, the police have failed to take any action.
The brutal murder of a 14 year old Hindu minority girl 
4th August, 2010 Magura District

 
Photo: GHRD investigator on the crime scene.
The police are right now awaiting a medical report. GHRD investigated the case on the 6th of August by visiting the scene of the murder, talking to the victim’s family and locals as well as the authorities.

Urgent Appeals

Bangladesh: Police negligence in murder case of a Hindu minority man [UA-BA-27.08.2010]
 

NGO and Media Reports

Odhikars month report 

In the month of August, Odhikar reported violations against the freedom of the media and reported cases concerning extrajudicial killings. What is more concerning though is the high number of violations against women.
According to their information, in August 2010, 42 women were raped (22 adults and 20 underaged), of whom seven were killed after being raped and seven of whom were gang raped. It has also been reported that 49 women and three children were subjected to dowry related violence, of whom 32 women and two children were killed due to dowry related issues and 11 were victims of inhuman treatment. In the month of August 2010, 15 people were victims of acid violence of whom eight were women, three were men, and four were underaged. Odhikar has also reported numerous incidents of human rights violation against journalist and human rights defender. According to Odhikar’s information, during the month of August there have also been several incidents of human rights violations at the border areas by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF), in total 14 people were victimized.
Read full report here 

BIHR month report 

According to the month report BIHR published in July, 91 people belonging to ethnic and religious minority groups were injured, three were abducted, six were murdered, and 20 people were compelled to leave their residing village.

38 different incidents of human rights violation took place including attacks, looting, vandalism, abduction, land grabbing, attempts to land grabbing, attempts to abduction, rubbery, treats and murder.

According to BIHR’s information, during the reporting period a total 53 women were raped. Among them three were killed by perpetrators after rape and one committed suicide after rape. Six women and girls were victimized in gang rape and one was killed after gang rape. Besides these incidents, eleven women and children were victimized in attempted rapes.
Read full report here 




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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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Religiously motivated attack against a Hindu temple



The Hague, The Netherlands

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: Religiously motivated attack against a Hindu temple.
                                                                                     
ISSUES:  Minority rights, physical assault, forced eviction, threats, religious destruction, police negligence, corruption.


Dear Friends,

Between the 19th- 21st of August 2010 GHRD Dhaka together with Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) investigated the attack against a Hindu temple at the Sutapur District. 11 families were forcefully evicted and another 20 families were threatened to leave their home immediately. One woman, Eva Ghosh was dragged by her hair.


Case Details
On the night of the 11th of August a 300 years old Hindu temple was attacked by 20-25 perpetrators. The perpetrators used hand grenades during the attack and several parts of the temple were destroyed: they destroyed 25 doors and windows, desecrated Hindu deities and looted valuables amounting to 15.00.000 Taka. Valuables belonging to the temple such as sacred images were also looted or destroyed. A man belonging to the community was severely beaten when he tried to stop the perpetrators.
11 resident families (of total 33 members) were forcefully evicted.  Another 20 families (with a total of 69 members) were threatened to leave their homes immediately. Eva Ghosh was also assaulted.During the incident, the victims asked the police station to take necessary action to help and to prevent further violations, yet, no actions or initiatives were taken by the police. Instead, according to statement of eyewitness, the police assisted the perpetrators by asking the victims to leave their home.

One of the men belonging to the community, Sawpan Saha Banik, has lodged a FIR at the Sutrapur police station which has been recorded under Case No. 29/504, date: 17.08.2010 under section 448, 447, 103, 506 of the Penal Code.
 On 20 August, 2010 GHRD Dhaka submitted an appeal by Sawpan Saha Banik stating that Mr. Banik was forced to make a complaint by Sub Inspector of Police, Sutrapur Police Station: Mr. Mohammad Selim Reza. Mr. Banik was threatened to sign the complaint, which did not mention the demolishing of the temple and which stated that “the temple was sold by someone” (thus giving the perpetrators the right to occupy it).

Then, on 20 August 2010 Mr. Sawpan Saha Banik decided to file a supplementary FIR at above mentioned Police station. This was done in order to correct his previous allegation stating “the temple was sold by someone”, and to supplement the previous FIR with sections 295, 295 (a) of the Penal Code and section 10 (2) of the Prevention of the Women and Children Repression Act 2000 (amended in 2003).

According to his statement, after the perpetrators got bail from court on the 19th of August, they threatened the victims again. According to the victim, on 20th of August, in addition, there was a bombing.

A number of human rights organizations have protested against this act and demanded that the perpetrators should be brought to justice. Students at the Dhaka University arranged a demonstration to demand the restoration and reconstruction of the temple as well as the safety of the minority community. The incident has also been covered by different newspapers (Daily Amar Desh, Daily Ittefaq).

Suggested Action:
GHRD condemns this attack against the Hindu temple and families and urges the authorities to investigate this serious allegation of police negligence and corruption, and to make the findings available in a report as soon as possible.
It is particularly worrying that although the victim(s) asked for police assistance, no actions were taken to stop the violation. Moreover, according to the victims, the police assisted the perpetrators. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and adequate compensation should be arranged for the families.
Specifically, we urge upon the authorities:
1.      To ensure the rehabilitation of the evicted victims;
2.      To ensure an impartial investigation in order to bring those responsible to justice and prevent impunity;
3.      To ensure exemplary punishment of the perpetrators who were directly or indirectly involved in this violation of human rights;
4.      To ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;
5.      To provide human rights education and training both to the public and government authorities in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.
 


Thank you. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

General condition of the prisons in Bangladesh

SAIKOT SHAHANUR ISLAM


The prisoners of 56 prisons among 67 around the Bangladesh are deprived from health care and medical facility due to the absence of prison hospital. There is no availability of ambulance services. So, the severe patients of prisons are taken to the general hospital by the prison van for their treatment. The treatment activates have been closed due to lack of manpower and doctor of which 11 prisons using the hospital. There are 11 prisons using the hospital amongst 67 prisons around the country, but there are not enough doctors and manpower to provide service to the ill prisoners. The conditions of the sick prisoners are being deteriorated due to lack of clean water supply and proper sanitation. There are only 16 doctors for about one lac sick prisoner all over the country as well as no specialist amongst them. The treatment services for the sick prisoners are being hampered due to the lack prisons hospital availability in the 56 prisons. 
 
The prison hospitals are helping the following prisons; Dhaka, Chittagong, Rabgpur, Rajshahi, Jessore, Khulna, Barishal, Kumilla, Sylhet, Mymensing and Kashimpur. In total 16 doctors are providing medical services among the prisons but none of them are specialist. Only one of them is a women doctor. In Dhaka central prison 5 doctors, Kumilla prison 1 doctor, Chittagong prison 2 doctor, Sylehet prison 1 doctor, Mymensing prison 1 doctor, Jesore prison 1 doctor, Barisal prison 1 doctor and Kashimpur women prison 1 doctor provides the treatment facility to the sick prisoners. But they do not have a nurse to help the doctor. Rest of the 56 prisons, there is no prison hospital. But they have primary treatment centre. But they have no doctor. Sometimes the prison authority hires the doctor to provide medical treatment to sick prisoners. There is no facility for medical examination amongst the prisons. The prison authority provides Paracitamol, Napa, Histacine as well as Oral saline free of cost. Then, expensive medicines have to buy from the outside of the prison by the prisoners themselves. On 1972, a prison hospital of 50 beds was started at Dhaka Prisons with one doctor. Gradually it increased it bed on 150. There is a hospital of 200 beds in Kashimpur prisons, but there is only 1 doctor providing the services. If the prisoners become sick, the prisons police provides them the treatment as well as the medicine. The sick prisoners does not get the chance to be admitted to the hospital due to lack of accommodation at the hospital. In many time, dangerous terrorist as well as the VIP prisoners engaged the hospital cabin using their power as well as the illegal money. The food standard of the prisons is very bad. Sometimes the prison authority provides them with spoiled food. The security condition is also very bad.