25 June 2022, Sat

The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is to be observed today

Jamaat Ameer demands immediate release of the political prisoners and religious scholars

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 25th June 2022 marking the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June.

“The incumbent government has been continuing repression and torture against the citizens of the country, particularly against the opposition leaders and activists in various ways. The authority has put the dissident voices into prison for years without any trial procedure. General masses are not secured anymore. They are imprisoning hundreds of noted religious scholars in connection with false cases. In recent times, the countrymen became shocked to see the insulting and humiliating approaches against 116 top religious scholars of the country. This is neither a scattered incident nor a conspiracy against the religious leaders. It is a part of the deep-rooted conspiracy against the nation and Islam. Such an unjustified task can never be accepted.

Jamaat Ameer further said that, during the current regime, ill deeds like abduction, murder, and torture against women and kids have increased alarmingly. Numerous people became the victims of extra-judicial killing. People are being murdered or abducted unreasonably. Many women and kids became the victims of rapes. There is no freedom of speech. Journalists’ voices have been subdued in the name of the digital security act. They are being pushed to prison even with lame excuses. People are being economically tortured through bribery, corruption, extortion, and tender terrorism. A nation cannot function in such a way.

On the eve of the UN-declared International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I am extending sympathy and empathy to those individuals, organizations, and communities who became victims of torture. For decades, people have been persecuted under the state’s patronization. Even in the present civilized era, people are being harassed and tortured by continuing war and violence across the globe. Such persecution and torture against humanity must be stopped.

On the occasion of the UN-declared International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I am calling upon United Nations, international human rights bodies and peace-loving institutions and organizations to come forward for defending the interest of the repressed communities. Besides, I am urging the government of Bangladesh to release all political leaders and religious scholars, and preachers immediately.