Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Monthly human rights monitoring report September-2017

September Human Rights Monitoring Report
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Bangladesh Islami Chhatrashibir

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. 

According to information published in the daily newspaper by the central human rights department of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir in September, the human rights watchdog report shows a horrific human rights record. 

In September 97 people were killed in the whole country. About 3 people have been killed every day this month. Seven people were killed by law and order in 07 instances of extrajudicial killings. In 48 incidents of violent attacks, 34 were killed and 50 injured. Moreover, 05 were also killed in 5 instances of public beatings, and 01 were injured. In this month, 01 people were abducted by law and order forces. On the other hand, 41 people were abducted, from which 12 people were rescued alive after the abduction and the bodies of 13 people were recovered after being killed. 16 people are still missing. In 14 cases of political violence, 03 were killed, 147 were injured, and 9 were shot. In the name of various operations, 199 people including the general public, opposition leader and activists were arrested in seven operations. Border Security Force (BSF) killed 03 people in three attack incident. Increasingly, women were tortured for dowry due to dowry. Five women were victims of physical

torture and 9 were victims of domestic violence, 31 were killed in family conflicts and 9 were injured, 95 women were raped, 06 people were killed after being raped, and 09 children and women were victims of sexual harassment. Moreover, 51 children were rape victims and 10 women have been victims of gang rape. In the 18 cases of child abuse, 04 were killed and 04 wounded. Apart from this, one attack occurred against minority communities, where the attack occurred against 01 synagogues.

In five instances, the ruling political party student organisation, where it tried to flex its power, six people were injured in intra-party and other conflicts. The law and order forces have recovered 104 bodies from different places this month, out of which 22 remain unidentified.

According to the central human rights department of Chhatra Shibir, it will not be possible to establish the rule of law in the country if the people's fundamental rights, security rights, freedom of speech and political rights are misappropriated. 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. The extra-judicial killings of the state, torture in the custody of the police, attack on journalists, killing of innocent Bangladeshis by the BSF on the border, violence against women and attacks on religious minority communities are increasing day by day. In particular, the security of lives of 160 million people in the country have been threatened by the recent crackdown against so call extremists by the law enforcement agencies. 

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 the human rights department of 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