- Posted March 12, 2013 by
Bangladesh’s Government Moves to Conceal Mass Killing
Massive scale of human rights violation buries under Bangladesh government’s propaganda. The government undertakes a series of plans and efforts to inform the world community about ‘violence carried by opposition’ parties, mostly by the Jamaat-e-Islami, but conceal the worst civilian killing ever recorded in Bangladesh by police.
Recently, country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dipu Moni has sent letters to 110 countries that Bangladesh has been facing crippling violence from the opposition and anti-liberation forces. The letters contain chronicles of mob violence carried by opposition parties, attacks on minority communities and killing law enforcers.
The letters also mention around 60 people has been killed in violence.
However, it backs the police by mentioning that ‘police opened fire for self protection’. The Minister also supports killings carried by police terming the deceased as ‘dead in violence’ instead of admitting the police’s rampant usages of guns on civilians.
International rights groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Bangladesh’s rights groups expressed grave concern over the escalation and civilian killings.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement about situation in Bangladesh in the first week of March, 2013 that Canada is deeply concerned by the escalating and deadly violence that has injured thousands and claimed the lives of scores of Bangladeshis.
However, the government blames the opposition for all the violence and killings and attracted the world community to prove it fair and impartial.
Bangladesh has experienced a recent violent situation in which at least 123 people have been killed and around ten thousands have been injured in the first week of March. From the government’s side the figure remained contrastingly lower and country’s Home Minsiter informed the parliament the number 67 including 7 police member. But the Foreign Minister has referred the number 60 including 10 police men. According to rights groups at least 928 people have been killed and more than 60 thousands have been wounded in political violence in last four years and in over 90 percent cases the oppositions have become victims of the violence. No special trial court has been set up to try the mass scale of killings.
Concerns expressed from different quarters questioning how a government could undertake such step of blaming the others instead of redressing the mass scale of killing and injury to civilians. They find the step of the government as its previous move against Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus in which it demonized him and the Prime Minister herself indicated him as ‘blood sucker of the poor’.
Police’s have filed more than two hundred cases accusing at least one hundred thousand opposition supporters and leaders for the violence. Mass arrest is still going on.
Death Sentence to Delware Hossain Sayedee, vice president of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, erupted massive protests. A special tribunal in Dhaka ordered him to be hanged on charges of murder, rape and other crimes against humanity ‘beyond reasonable doubts’. But International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) termed the verdict as ‘violates international standards of due process and fair trial’. The organization also observed that any perpetrator should be brought to justice but not subjected to vengeance. Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its political allies have termed the trial as ‘materialization of political vendetta on the opposition’ and ‘process of judicial killing’.
Jamaat-e-Islami is was an ally of Awami League in the mid of 90s against the then BNP government but later it left Awami league and set up alliance with Awami League’s arch-rival BNP.