432 people disappeared since 2009, says ALRC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:25, Aug 29,2018

 
 

At least 432 people became victims of enforced disappearances between January 2009 and July this year after law enforcers picked them up, the Asian Legal Resource Centre reported to the UNHRC.

The ALRC in a press release informed the points it made to the UNHRC about the human rights situation in Bangladesh.

The ALRC prepared the report on the eve of 39th regular session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council to be held in September in Switzerland.

It said that the victims disappeared after allegedly being picked by different security forces, including Detective Branch, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes Unit, Rapid Action Battalion, and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence.

It said that nearly a fourth of the victims turned up in police custody long after their disappearance, framed in cases. The luckiest of them prefer not to speak about their experiences after walking out the jail or confinement.

It said that police usually avoid accepting case over an incident of disappearance. Even if police accept the case, investigations are never conducted to reveal the truth, said ALRC.

It said that police investigated only one case of disappearances in last 10 years.

It said that a culture of impunity, often promoted by none other than prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was encouraging the law enforcers to keep engaging in such behaviour in gross violation of laws and constitution.

 

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