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Human Rights Watch on Bangladesh July 11, 2012

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Human Rights Watch creates a controversy by disclosing its observations on Bangladesh. It said that the information were collected through local human rights organizations.
But Bangladesh Government didn’t welcome the report and many of the ministers including Law Minister blasted the report.

The report said that suspects in the 2009 mutiny by the Bangladesh Rifles border guards (BDR) have been subjected to widespread abuse, torture, and deaths in custody. The mass trials of nearly 6,000 suspects raise serious fair trial concerns.The prosecution teams conducting the mass trials of the alleged mutineers of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) must immediately stop the trials.
The organization also recorded human rights violation by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the elite force of Bangladesh Government to combat terrorism.
HRW also expressed its concern for killing and disappearance of activists. The Bangladesh government should immediately order an independent and impartial investigation into the growing number of cases where opposition members and political activists have vanished without trace, Human Rights Watch said. The most recent episode, on April 17, 2012, involved Elias Ali, secretary of the Sylhet Division of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Human Rights Watch also asked Bangladesh authorities to immediately and impartially investigate the killing of the labor rights activist Aminul Islam,in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed. Islam, 39, was a trade union organizer with the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS)
HRW added, “The government of Bangladesh took no significant steps to investigate and prosecute torture in custody and extrajudicial killings during 2011 and showed an increasing intolerance for criticism, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2012.The government missed the chance to ensure trials that meet international standards for the country’s independence-era atrocities.”
HRC also urged Bangladesh Government to open borders Myanmar refugees to shelter the sectarian violence but Bangladesh government didn’t accept their appeal.
HRW also touched the killing of Bangladeshi citizens by Indian security guards.

Describing the Human Rights Watch report on rights violation as “totally false, baseless and imaginary,” the government has said the rights body made the allegations as part of an international conspiracy.
Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission also slates the Human Rights Watch Report as baseless.
Rab also protests the human rights watch and said they would look into the organisations and individuals reported to HRW.

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