Extrajudicial Killing, Disappearance

Judicial commission for investigation demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:38, Sep 01,2020


Human rights activists on Monday called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the 2,891 incidents of extrajudicial killing reported since 2004.

Human Rights Forum Bangladesh made the demand at a virtual press conference calling on the government to uphold human rights as it promised in the international forum.

Forum coordinator Tamanna Haque Riti read out the joint statement saying that the killing of retired army major Sinha Md Rashed Khan in police firing in Cox’s Bazar on July 31 was not an isolated incident rather it was a part of the continued extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘gunfight’.

The forum placed a dozen of recommendations, including an end to extrajudicial killing and formation of a judicial commission to investigate all incidents of extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, custodial death and other rights abuses.

The forum stated that 604 people became victims of enforced disappearance between 2007 and August 25, 2020.

Ain o Salish Kendra at the press conference stated that 2,891 people became victims of extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘crossfire’ and ‘gunfight’ between 2004 and August 2020.

It said that 210 people became victims of extrajudicial killing between January 1 and August 25 while 588 people were killed between May 2018 and August 25, 2020.

Citizen Initiative chief executive and forum steering committee Zakir Hossain said that the government made pledges internationally to uphold the human rights but it was more important to see whether the government was really sincere in meeting the pledges.

Taqbir Huda of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust suggested that the government should appoint more judges to dispose of pending cases. He dmenaded speedy disposal of cases filed under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013.

Ain o Salish Kendra stated that 17 cases were filed under the act.

About child rights, Manusher Jonno Foundation executive director Shaheen Anam said that there were seven children correction centres which roomed about 250 adolescents each and it was the high time to see what kind of problems they were suffering with.

Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong demanded a law for the protection and security of ethnic minorities.

Bandhu Social Welfare Society executive director Saleh Ahmed and Association for Land Reform and Development executive director Shamsul Huda, among others, spoke at the press conference moderated by Steps Towards Development executive director Ranjan Karmaker.

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