29 August 2020, Sat

International Day of the Disappeared to be observed on Sunday

Rights of the people have been disappeared, alleges Jamaat Ameer; urges authorities to disclose the whereabouts of the abducted victims

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 29 August 2020 marking the event of the ‘International Day of the Disappeared’ on 30th August.
“International Day of the Disappeared is going to be observed on 30th August. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, during the tenure of the present government, since 2009 to 2020, more than 500 people have been abducted by the people, who claimed themselves as the law enforcers. Off them, traces of 250 missing people have been found. Whoever has returned, disclosed nothing about their horrible experiences. Many of them are undergoing treatment as they had been extremely traumatized psychologically. 

Jamaat’s former Ameer Professor Ghulam Azam’s son, retired Brigadier General Abdullahil Aman Azmi, Jamaat’s former central executive committee member Shaheed Mir Quasem Ali’s son and Supreme Court’s lawyer Barrister Ahmad Bin Quasem Arman, Hafez Zakir Hossain, Islami University’s student and Chhatrashibir leader Al Muqaddas and Mohammad Wali Ullah, BNP leader M Elias Ali and former ward commissioner Chowdhury Alam are among the victims of enforced disappearance.

The victim families are passing days amid severe tension and worries. Their parents and wives have become sick already. Though repeated appeals have been made by the victim families to the government, but those remained unattended and unheard. 

The law enforcers entities have failed to play due role about the abducted personnel. The victim families have arranged several press conferences to press their demand of bringing the missing persons back to their families. But the government did not pay heed to their appeal. Practically, the rights of the people of Bangladesh have been disappeared. The government has seized people’s democratic rights, people’s rights to cast votes, rights to survive, and rights to get medical care, food, clothes and treatment.

Such suffocating situation cannot continue for long. There is no alternative for the people to get rid of this crisis but forming a solid rock unity.”