Thursday, 03 August 2017

Monthly Human Rights Monitoring Report, July – 2017

Monthly Human Rights Monitoring Report- 2017
Bismillahir Rahman Ar-Raheem
Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir

Monthly Human Rights Monitoring Report, July – 2017

Human rights is a basic right according after birth to every human being, and is essential, and required for the basic living and development aspects of human life. Human rights are inalienable and non-compromisable, especially in a democratic society, where the state is duty bound to provide its citizens such rights. The UN Declaration of Human rights was declared on 10 December, 1948 and serves as a model to establish human rights for suppressed people worldwide.

Bangladesh is a signatory to the Universal Declaration, and despite granting basic human rights for its citizens in its Constitution, has a serious problem with compliance in its human rights records. The transgressions include killings, abductions, secret killings, extrajudicial executions in the name of crossfire and armed encounters, torture of women and children, border killings, torture on minorities and media personnel – all these are increasing as per media reports. Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir demands that the state to play a strong role to ensure the basic human rights of the people of Bangladesh.

The report for the month of July is also worrying in this regard.

In July, 163 people were killed, with 5 people killed everyday. 21 people were killed in 16 incidents of extrajudicial killings by the security forces. In 69 instances of violent attacks, 51 died, 41 were injured and 9 were bullet-injured. Moreover, in 9 instances of public beatings, 6 were killed and 6 others were injured.

16 people were abducted this month, and 12 were recovered alive after abduction, while 2 were recovered dead after being killed. In 36 instances of political violence, 5 were killed, 306 injured and 15 bullet ridden. In various arrest drives, 36 instances of arrests occurred, and 883 people were arrested, among them opposition group members and common people.

In 7 instances of attacks by Indian border security BSF, 2 were killed and 6 were arrested.

In instances of violence against women, 22 women were killed for dowry-related issues, while 11 were bodily harmed; 38 were killed in family feuds, and 13 were injured. 80 women were victims of rape, and 7 victims were killed after being raped; 37 women-children were victims of sexual abuse. Moreover, 26 children were victims of rape and 9 women were victims of gang rape. In 22 instances of child torture, 11 were killed and 11 injured.

In 13 incidents of attacks by government supporters and security forces, 12 journalists were injured and 2 journalists were arrested. Furthermore, in 4 attacks against minorities, 3 places of worship were attacked, and 4 people were injured. In the educational institutions, the ruling student organisation was involved in attacks against other student orgs and infighting, leading to 23 incidents countrywide, where one was killed, and 147 were injured. Security forces have found 46 dead bodies this month, of which 21 remain unidentified.

The Central Human Rights Department of Chhatra Shibir believes that the rule of law cannot be enforced if individual rights are violated. Although the Constitution ensures the rights of the common people, the government has failed to ensure this on ground. If the people are unable to attain their rights and feel part of the processes of the state as its citizens, then true democracy will not be ensured. Therefore, the building of the state upon principles of equality, justice and insaf is very important, along with the establishment of accountability at all levels of the state, without which individual rights cannot be ensured. The role of the state in human rights violations is increasing day by day – extrajudicial killings, torture, BSF killings, women torture and minority attacks. This is especially true in the general fear among populace created by the anti-terrorism drive by the government.

A better security situation will help in efforts of national unity which will help in ensuring the basic human rights of the common people, in the absence of which the situation will degrade further. Thus Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir demands the strong role of government in ensuring human rights compliance on ground, and combating terrorism and extremism. We also demand a unified role of civil groups and human rights organisations in this regard.

Central Human Rights Department,
Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir