29 August 2021, Sun

Jamaat Ameer recalls the victims of enforced disappearance; people’s basic rights have been disappeared, he alleges

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 29 August, 2021 marking International Day of Enforced Disappearance on 30th August.

International Day of Enforced Disappearance to be observed on 30th August. According to the statistics and information of different human rights organization and global human rights watchdogs, under the current regime since 2009 to July of 2021, more than 6 hundred people became the unfortunate victims of enforced disappearance, abducted by the plain cloth people, who claimed themselves as law enforcers. In later period, dead bodies of 78 persons have been rescued, 89 have been shown as arrested and 57 returned to their families. We did not get information about rest of the victims through the media. So far, who came back to their family did not dare to say anything about their experiences. Many of them are still traumatized and undergoing treatment in different hospitals.

Among the victims, there are people of different professions and sections including son of former Jamaat Ameer Professor Ghulam Azam and retired Brigadier General  Abdullahil Aman Azmi, son of Jamaat’s former central executive committee member Mir Quasem Ali and Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem Arman, Hafez Zakir Hossain, Islamic University students and Chhatrashibir leader Al Mukaddas and Mohammad Waliullah and BNP leader M Elias Ali and former Dhaka city Commissioner Chowdhury Alam.

Their families are still passing days amid tensions and worries. Their parents and wives have become sick and disturbed. The victim families filed several appeals and plead to the government seeking their trace but got no response. The law enforcers and the state apparatus have failed to discharge their duties about these victims of enforced disappearance.

Practically, the rights of the people of Bangladesh have been disappeared. People have no rights to survive, to exercise freedom of speech, rights to democracy and voting rights. The present government has snatched all the basic rights away. No country can run in such way. To get rid of such suffocating and intolerable situation, mass resistances to be formed against all types of torture, oppression and fascism.