Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 03:33:59 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Human rights bodies fear intimidation

By
09th-Jan-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Sagar Biswas :
The rights organizations are now playing a deaf and dumb role even though incidents of human rights violation have been increasing alarmingly in the recent days.
There are widespread allegations that the rights bodies seldom focus on specific violation of human rights and speak academically on human rights, like teachers. These bodies depend on courts for any relief but they do not say anything why the judiciary is becoming weak.
The main grievance against these human rights bodies is that they are not committed to protect human rights; they also lack of knowledge how to protect human rights.
In fact, the human rights situation in Bangladesh is downgraded in comparison to other South Asian nations.
In the latest incident, plain-clothed policemen picked up one Abu Sayeed in Talbaria village of Sadar upazila in Jessore on Friday and demanded Tk 2 lakh from him. As he refused to give the money, the policemen started beating him at the police station. The photo of torture went viral on the social media, including facebook.
In such suffocating situation, the human rights bodies are passing busy time in preparing reports based on newspaper articles. Not only that, they do not utter a single word about the anti-people role of the state machineries and weak-state of judiciary.
Several human rights defenders, while talking to The New Nation on Sunday claimed that attacks on activists have created a state of fear which is obstructing the activities of rights groups.
Pointing out some reasons, Executive Director of Transparency International Dr Iftekharuzzaman said: "Firstly, the rights bodies are not showing interest fearing humiliation, and secondly due to prevailing atmosphere of intimidation."
"Especially, the total political field has been monopolized in absence of genuine opposition party in the country. The democratic system along with the good governance has been adversely affected as there is no formal accountability structure," he said.
Earlier, the global community started paying attention on human rights situation in Bangladesh since the law enforcement and intelligence agencies had started curbing down the opposition protests against the verdicts of the war crimes tribunal.
Against the backdrop of boycotting general election by the opposition, political violence had erupted in the country leaving several hundred people killed by the security forces over the recent years. Besides, the RAB was constantly accused by the rights groups of contract killings and abductions.
Referring the issue, Secretary of Sushashoner Jonno Nagarik[Sujan] Dr Badiul Alam Mazumdar said: "Violation of human rights -in any form-is not acceptable. At present, it is very difficult for any human rights body to issue statement against the violation of human rights."
"Apart from political violence, the country is also allegedly marred by abduction, contract killings, forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and detention without trial by the state-run organs. There is a fearful atmosphere everywhere. The human rights defenders are scared seeing these increasing incidents," he said.
It is to be noted that, several human rights activists had also been arrested when they tried to report the situation. Many of them had faced threat, persecution and public attack because of reporting on human rights violations. In some cases, the government showed reluctant mood to release foreign funds to them.
Former National Human Rights Commission chief Dr Mizanur Rahman said: "In any country, the human rights are the preconditions of good governance. The man doesn't have minimum dignity, if the human rights are violated. I think the main task of NHRC to pay attention to this issue.
"If innocent people are harassed, nabbed or killed in the name of curbing militancy and terrorism, it obviously will hamper human rights condition…In this regard; the NHRC has to play a vital role against such activities. It must register its protest. But unfortunately, we're not seeing such role of NHRC. It seems, they're not interested about the matter," Dr Mizan said.
Chairperson of Right to Information Forum Advocate Alena Khan, however, did not want to take the blame; rather she put the equivalent responsibility on the shoulder of media.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

CEC must seek govt.`s cooperation to dissolve parliament


MORE than just holding small and big scale elections, it's time the Election Commission realise that it is essential to ensure the national elections is held in a free, fair and credible manner.  The Election Commission is a constitutional body and its responsibility is to hold election directly on the ...

International »

`I`m not a racist`, Trump says


AFP  :"I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed," Trump told reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was having dinner with Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.Trump appeared to give up for dead an immigration deal, ...

Football »

Suarez, Messi lead Barcelona to 4-2 comeback win at Sociedad


AP, Barcelona :Barcelona has broken its curse at Anoeta Stadium.Luis Suarez scored twice before Lionel Messi completed Barcelona's 4-2 comeback win at Real Sociedad on Sunday, giving the Catalan club its first league win at the Basque Country team since 2007.Barcelona was behind by two goals when Suarez set up ...

Sports »

The newly elected Executive Committee of Special Olympics Bangladesh pose for a photo session in the city's Tejgaon on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Shabnur, Purnima in a common frame


Entertainment Report :Shabnur and Purnima are two popular actresses in Dhaka film arena. Both of them have already got the National Film Award for single time. Shabnur got the National Award for acting in Mostafizur Rahman Manik’s movie Dui Noyon-er Alo. On the other hand, Purnima received the award for ...

City »

Nagorik Oikya Convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna speaking at the press conference on 'Four Years of the Government and Year of Election' organised by the party at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday.


Editorial »

We do not want to see police as killers


HUMAN rights campaigner Odhikar said that at least 139 people fell victims to 'crossfire' and 86 to enforced disappearances in Bangladesh in 2017. Besides, 59 people 'died' in jail and 77 people were killed in political violence while 783 people became victims of rape, 242 were subjected to sexual harassment. ...

International »

Netanyahu begins 6-day India visit today with focus on defence, security


AP, Ahmedabad :Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife Sara, at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday ahead of his six-day visit to India with focus on defence and security. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night. In the past, ...

Sports »

Federer says he's too old to be Australian Open favourite


AFP, Melbourne :Defending champion Roger Federer says rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic should be seen as leading contenders for the Australian Open as he is too old to be considered favourite.The 36-year-old is bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title and is in form and fit, unlike the ...

Entertainment »

Shomi Kaiser on her birthday


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Today is birthday of country’s one of the popular actresses Shomi Kaiser. She is one of the brightest names in the field of acting in TV plays arena. Many actors came into this field after being inspired by her though Shomi is not regular in acting now. ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, among others, offering `Akheri Munajat`in the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema from Ganobhaban on Sunday.


Editorial »

Our winters have also become seasons for acute gas crisis


FOR the past decade our winter months have become the months for acute gas crisis across the capital. Once more, many areas in the city, including Mohammadpur, Bosila, Adabar, West Agargaon, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Kafrul, West Dhanmondi, Lalbag, Sobhanbag, Indira Road, Tanti Bazar, Shakharibazar, Kamrangirchar, Uttara, Dakhinkhan, Uttarkhan, South Banasree and ...

Sports »

Zia shares 3rd slot in Delhi Rating Chess


GM Ziaur Rahman Zia of SAIF Sporting Club now in 3rd position in the points table along with other 15 players with 5.5 points after 7th round games in the 16th Delhi Open International Rating Chess tournament now being held in New Delhi, India, Bangladesh Chess Federation press release said.In ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka Chopra is back with season 3 of Quantico


Priyanka Chopra has taken over Hollywood like a boss lady. There's nothing she's not tried and succeeded at. From a rocking singles that topped charts to becoming a part of a legendary franchise like Baywatch, Pee Cee has only just began. She took the primetime TV by storm when she ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, among others, at a discussion on ' False Cases Against Khaleda Zia and Future of Democracy' organised by Democratic Movement at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news