The Asian Legal Resource Centre has expressed deep concern over the human rights situation in Bangladesh and apprehended that the situation will deteriorate further as a general election nears.
In a statement to the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asia-based rights and legal organisation on Thursday expressed its concern and said that gross violation of
human rights by the government could not kept hidden behind Rohingya refugee issues.
ALRC said in its statement to the UN rights body that there had been 421 enforced disappearances, 1480 extrajudicial executions, 120 deaths due to torture from January 2009 to February 2018 by the law enforcement agencies under the incumbent government.
Most victims were the activists of the opposition parties, it added.
Making an example of rights violation in Bangladesh, ALRC described the recent death in custody of the leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed student organisation.
It said, ‘on March 6, 2018, the police arbitrarily arrested an opposition student leader named Jakir Hossain. After three-day police the detainee was sent to prison. On March 12, he died in custody. Jakir’s body had marks of bruises, as photos captured by journalists from morgue revealed. His nails of finger and toes were found removed. In contrast, the magistrate failed to record the mark of bruises in the inquest report.’
ALRC said last year, Bangladesh removed chief justice SK Sinha, forced him to exile after the Supreme Court’s judgment declared Constitution’s 16th Amendment for impeaching judges in parliament illegal, questioning the legitimacy of the Parliament referring to the sham election of January 2014.
The rights organisation said next election is scheduled by December 2018, but the circumstances suggest that the situation will deteriorate further.
‘In fact, Bangladesh government is hiding its worrying human rights records behind the Rohingya
humanitarian crisis,’ it added.
ALRC urged the UN rights council to ‘concentrate to this alarming situation before it is too late’.
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