Grand alliance Government led by Hasina has totally failed to protect the overall human rights in Bangladesh. Extra judicial killings, conceal murders, sexual harassment, women killing-torturing, political violence are increasing. The law and order situation in the past year 2010 was out of order so deteriorated. A sharp picture on the human rights has disclosed today (1 January, 2011) in a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity by an organization ‘Ain O Shalish Kendro (ASK)’. (Source-BDnews24, 1.1.2011).
According to the ASK, at least 133 people fell victim to extrajudicial killings by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) or other law enforcers throughout the country. One of the ruling party’s (main party of the present grand alliance government is Awami League) election pledges was to stop extrajudicial killings, but it didn’t happen. Instead, killings continued in the name of encounter and gunfight. Wikileaks revealed RAB’s extrajudicial killings as well. The Home Ministry of Bangladesh has also found evidence of such killings. Incidents of disappearance and clandestine killings have been added amid huge controversies over crossfire. There had been no acceptable explanation from the government or the law enforcers on the issue. No investigation has been carried out either. Terming last year’s law and order situation vulnerable.
ASK report told, 625 women were raped in 2010, but only 323 cases were filed against such incidents during the period. Of those raped, 78 were killed while seven committed suicide. During the period, 31 women committed suicide following sexual harassment. Impudence prompted the father of a victim to commit suicide, while 20 people were killed as they protested such incidents. At least 223 women were killed for dowry, while 18 tormented women committed suicide, 394 were assaulted, but the number of cases filed for such incidents was only 51. 93 women fell victim to acid attacks last year while 74 people died in custody. Some 300 journalists were harassed and assaulted. Besides, 100 Bangladeshi citizens lost their lives in BSF firings last year. 75 people were killed and 7,103 injured in 436 political violence. 2,279 Bangladeshi workers returned home dead from various countries. Manpower export has come down to 20 percent. The amendment of the anti corruption commission act, to the law has reduced the power of the commission. The government has withdrawn many cases of corruption, killing, robbery and rape describing them as politically motivated. Activities of the Human Rights Commission face obstacles as its rules and regulations have not been approved yet.
Miss. Sultana Kamal, the advisor of former caretaker government and the executive director of ‘Ain O Shalish Kendra’ (ASK). urged the government to take more effective steps to improve the human rights condition in the country. ASK director Noor Khan and Sayeed Ahmed, senior coordinator of Media & International Advocacy Unity, also present at the press conference.
ASK is a prominent human rights organization of Bangladesh. ASK says that the law and order was not good in the past year while the brokerage journalism telling that the law and order was good. We can give an example of the famous Bengali daily Ittefaq. This daily has published a big story on law and order on 1 January 2011. The by line credit report was made by Samir Kumar Dey. The report has told that, the law and order situation was under control last year, after all.
An overboldness young women has mass raped because she was protested against the sexual harassment in Bangladesh. (Source-BDnews24) Actually there is no rule of law, though the Hasina government telling that, they are successes to running the government. Unfortunate, it is our shame as we are a citizen of this golden motherland. Just we can say to this young women that, we are sorry. How can we do more than this word?
Hasina government failed to stop extra judicial killings!
January 1, 2011 by Euro Bangla for Peace and Human Rights edited by Jahangir Alam Akash