Over 300 people have been victims of enforced disappearance by law-enforcement agencies in Bangladesh since January 2009 and the government is refusing to shoulder the responsibility of the crimes.
A statement of Hong-Kong-based rights organisation Asian Human Rights Commission said this on Sunday.
‘The Bangladesh government and its law-enforcement agencies have been shamelessly denying their involvement in enforced disappearances despite over 300 people having been disappeared by Bangladesh law-enforcement agencies since January 2009,’ reads the statement.
It also says, ‘Bangladesh and its law-enforcement agencies have earned a reputation for refusing to take responsibility for the crimes they commit institutionally or that agency personnel commit in their individual capacity.’
By denying the allegation of Yasin’s disappearance, the government once again proved itself to be an official ‘liar’, having lied consistently in other cases of enforced disappearances.
British-Bangladeshi Yasin Mohammad Abdus Samad Talukder was allegedly picked up on July 14 from near Banani in the capital.
The statement says that in the case of Yasin, the British high commission in Dhaka confirmed that he was ‘detained by Bangladesh government authorities and is in their custody.’
Asian Legal Resource Centre, sister organisation of the AHRC, filed a complaint regarding Yasin’s disappearance with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced, or Involuntary Disappearances on September 5.
The WGEID, on September 9, sent a communication to the Bangladesh government, saying that Bangladesh’s situation clearly indicated that there ‘is no accessible, affordable redress in cases of enforced disappearances’.
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