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Extrajudicial Killings

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human...

Forced Disappearances, Extrajudicial Killings

People want govt to explain: Dr Kamal

People want govt to explain: Dr Kamal

The government will have to be held accountable to the people for the killings, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings that are going on across the country, said eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday. “We want answers as to why we see news of killings, disappearances and extrajudicial killings in newspapers. It is not my...

What would Bangladesh want to erase?

WE regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show you the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google,” says Google. In May, a European Union's top court ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten.” Right after that order Google has been receiving 1,000 requests per day for the removal of search result links. So far Google has received 70,000 erasure requests for over 250,000 web...

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

The United States will continue discussion with the government of Bangladesh about extrajudicial killings, political violence and freedom of the press, a US state department official has said. Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said this while replying to a question during daily press briefing yesterday. "..we support freedom of expression, freedom of the media everywhere, including...

Right to life and liberty in Bangladesh

THE human rights situation in Bangladesh came under Universal Period Review (UPR) for the second time on April 29, 2013. The working group concerned adopted the report on Bangladesh on May 2, 2013. In her submission, the head of the Bangladesh delegation, the then foreign minister, claimed that the government was “focused on building a robust normative and institutional framework… to ensure that all citizens enjoyed all human rights as guaranteed in the Constitution.” Among other things the minister highlighted...

Finding fact in the crossfire

AS extrajudicial killings continue to dominate news in Bangladesh, the National Human Rights Commission's first probe into a crossfire death provides some respite. The report, submitted to the home ministry last week, identifies serious discrepancies in the police's version of 41-year-old Rajab Ali's death in the early hours of 16 February 2014. The police have trotted out their usual crossfire narrative: Ali was arrested for armed robbery and taken to a village to recover the firearms used. Ali's accomplices...

THE THIRD VIEW

PM's claim of “rule of law” now at stake

THE figures are unbelievable. But even more unbelievable is the response (or the lack of it) by the officials and the government.  However, the real tragedy is that there has been no serious outcry from the people in general against, what is clearly the most flagrant, dangerous and nation-destroying abuse of power by the very people entrusted to dispense justice and establish the rule of law. Day after day people are being killed by law enforcers (shall we still call...

Editorial

Shootouts on a rising curve

NAMES of three more persons, two alleged kidnappers and a robber, have been added to the list of victims of so-called 'shootout' with the law-enforcing agencies on Monday. The police's narratives on the circumstances of the shootouts have an eerily familiar ring to them. About the chain of events leading to the killing of the alleged kidnapper Wasim, for instance, his  wife and the police predictably told two different stories.    It defies common sense why the law-enforcers always have...

Extrajudicial killings to turn judiciary redundant: NHRC

Extrajudicial killings to turn judiciary redundant: NHRC

Chief of the National Human Rights Commission fears the country’s judiciary will become redundant if extrajudicial killings continue.   “Extrajudicial killings cannot occur in a civilised society under any circumstances. In the name of imaginary crossfire, encounters, killings and disappearances are against the rule of law and human rights,” Prof Mizanur Rahman said at a discussion. Bangladesh Democratic Lawyers’ Association, Supreme Court Wing, organised the event on “Constitution of 1971 is a Document of Bangladesh’s Existence” at the auditorium of the apex court. He said changes in whatsoever way the constitution by different autocratic regimes have...

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