By Jahangir Alam Akash, Minority torture and repression have taken a new turn in Bangladesh. But the so-called democratic government hasn’t taken any action against the perpetrators and doesn’t provide any kind of security for minorities in Bangladesh. We are really very angry and very worried about the government’s attitude towards minority oppression.
(See article by The Daily Star on Aug. 31, 2009, “Rajshahi board boss faces mayor’s fury,” http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=103772)
We know that Mr. Liton is very close with our honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In the subdistrict’s last general election, Mr. Liton was influenced by Sheikh Hasina about the nominations of party candidates. Recently, Mr. Liton was nominated as a central member of the Bangladesh Awami League. And he is the son of the national leader A.H.M. Kamaruzzaman. Also, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the president of Awami League.
If the allegation against to the mayor is true, then it is very alarming for the minority community. This kind of situation is a barrier for the rule of law, democracy, the administration, and the people. It is alleged that Mr. Liton helped the militant Islamic terrorist Bangla Bhai in 2004. (Source: The Daily Janakantha, June 2004)
We also know that Mr. Liton demanded the release of Dr. Galib. Galib was arrested for involvement in Islamic militancy in 2005. Mr. Liton was the main mastermind behind the brutal torture of a journalist and human rights defender in 2007. Mr. Liton tried to kill said journalist, collaborating with prominent Army Major Rashahidul Hasan Rashid.
As the head of the party and as prime minister, Sheikh Hasina cannot overlook her moral responsibility for the actions of Mr. Liton. It is our hope that, for the sake of rule of law and human rights, Sheikh Hasina will investigate the allegation against Mr. Liton.
I urge the enlightened citizens of Bangladesh to be united and to do something about minority rights and security. Please forget politics. As human rights defenders, we should be impartial, universal, and dedicated to human rights.
We want justice for all kinds of killings, torture, and human rights violations. Under the present government, at least 42 incidents of minority torture have taken place, including the sensational kidnapping of nine minorities (including women and children) in the Sutrapur area of Dhaka.