Enforced Disappearance in Bangladesh

Who will defend the rights of our rights defenders?

Government must protect rights workers from intimidation and legal persecution

‘Handcuffs, blindfold ... it felt like a grave’

Usually, one sees the families of the victims of enforced disappearances demanding their loved ones be returned. But in a rare occurrence, the survivors came to the fore at a programme yesterday to narrate the ordeals they went through.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2023 / Find the unadulterated truth about all alleged disappearances

No credible and independent investigation has so far been carried out into any of the alleged incidents of enforced disappearance in Bangladesh.

Govt looking into cases of 28 disappearance victims: Shahriar Alam

The government is looking into the cases of 28 victims of enforced disappearance, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said today.

Stop hiding behind technicalities

Government must act on rising allegations of enforced disappearances

‘Expatriate Diplomacy’ and ‘Mercenary Columnists’

Government decision to engage in expatriate diplomacy to tackle negative propaganda raises a lot of questions.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2022: Where do they disappear to?

“How are our loved ones? Are they eating well? Are they being tortured? Are they… alive?”

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2022 / Where do the ‘disappeared’ disappear to?

While their families search every alleyway, survivors say that they lived right around the corner in the capital city. 

UN rights chief’s visit: Conflicting expectations and a hope for positive change

UN human rights chief's visit to Dhaka revealed contrasting expectations on the part of the government and rights groups.

June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022

Stripping Odhikar of its rights?

When Bangladesh needs to show that it has been listening to the concerns about respecting human rights and upholding the rule of law, it has done quite the opposite.

May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022

Govt report on enforced disappearance masks a bigger problem

Justice for the victims of enforced disappearance must be ensured

April 21, 2022
April 21, 2022

Rab says it tried to find BNP leader Ilias Ali

Rapid Action Battalion today rejected allegation of the force's involvement in BNP leader Ilias Ali’s disappearance as "baseless". 

April 20, 2022
April 20, 2022

An open letter to the makers of ‘Nikhoj’

Dear Reehan Rahman, My father, photojournalist and editor Shafiqul Islam Kajol, was added to the list of hundreds of Bangladeshi victims of enforced disappearance on March 10, 2020.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Last known location of 'disappearance' victim's phone near Rab-1 office: Family

The family of a pisciculturist, who allegedly became a victim of enforced disappearance, has claimed that the last known location of his iPhone, found using an application, was adjacent to the Rab-1 office in the capital’s Uttara.

August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019

A thousand days of wait

Apart from eyes that fight weariness, each of them has one thing in common: they are all waiting for their husbands -- who had gone missing years ago in a notorious spate of enforced disappearances.