War Crime Tribunal and Game of Politics February 17, 2013Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS.
Tags: election pledge, International War Crime Tribunal, Shahbag
International war crime tribunal now the main focus of attention of politics in Bangladesh. The present government after they came to the power in the end of 2008, open up the tribunal to fulfill their election pledge of trying the war crime criminals.The pledge in the manifesto was the most important agenda that motivated the young voters to put their faith on the party and to elect them to the power.
Initially the pace of work was slow and many were feeling frustrated on the progress. But the process was accelerated on the 4th year of the government. Both jamaat and BNP blamed that Government is influencing the process, starting from selecting the judges to the announcement of judgment, the motive of the government was a political one and it is aimed to harass the main coalition partner of BNP. The disclosure of the Skype conversation put a question on the process. The judge on the question resigned. Jamaat-e-Islami demandethe dissolution of the parliament. BNP demanded that they are not against the trial but they want transparency.The Government resuffled the tribunal. The hearing continued and the first judgment of death sentence was pronounced against Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu RazakarTin his absence. Jamaat Shibir was active on the streets. Getting no official permission for procession or meeting in most of the time, they were protesting against the police and the government in violent way, attacking police and vandalizing cars and other vehicles on the streets throughout the country. Many of the leaders and workers of jamaat-Shibir were arrested, even few embraced death that include police and public as well. Then after a few weeks hearing , the second judgment against Kader Molla was announced. This time it is life sentence, not a death one.
Bloggers and online activists initiated the protest in Shahbag Square, a main intersection of the city. People in hundreds, then in thousands flock at the square to register their protest against the judgment. It is continuing for ten days day and night and turns into sea of people. The bloggers tried to keep the character non-partisan. Political leaders were restrained to give any speech so far. Non-political distinguished citizen expressed their solidarity with the movement. The demands are clear – death sentence for the war criminals, to ban the jamaat shibir politics and to boycott the jamaat shibir affiliated financial institutions.
Pro-government members of the parliament expressed their support for the youths of the Shahbag square. Prime Minister also expressed her concern on the issue though it is in a sense failure of the government to deliver justice. BNP remain still confused on the stand on Shahbag.
An ordinary citizen