HRW show caused on contempt allegation by Bangladesh’s ICTNew Age Online
International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday served a show cause notice on New York-based international human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) as to why a contempt allegation would not be brought against it.
ICT-1 ordered the Human Rights Watch to respond within three weeks.
A three-member bench of Justice led by ATM Fazle Kabir passed the order.
The tribunal also set September 30 for further order in this matter.
On August 22, the tribunal had completed the hearing on the contempt petition filed by the prosecution in the trial of war crimes accused Ghulam Azam against HRW and decided to issue rule about it on September 2.
On August 20, the war crimes prosecution filed a contempt petition against Human Rights Watch with ICT-1.
The petitioner had prayed for serving contempt notice on the HRW for its alleged ‘scandalous’ article on war crimes trial of convicted former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam.
The petitioner made New York-based board of directors of HRW, its San Francisco-based Asia Division executive director, Brad Adams, and Washington based Asia Division associate Storm Tiv the respondents.
On July 15, ICT-1 jailed Ghulam Azam for 90 years for 1971 crimes against humanity. On August 5, he filed an appeal petition in the Appellate Division challenging his conviction.
On August 12, the chief war crimes prosecutor Gholam Arief Tipoo filed an appeal on behalf of the government against what he said ‘inadequate sentence’ and sought death penalty for Ghulam Azam.
HRW posted an article on its website on August 16 under the caption ‘Bangladesh: Azam Conviction Based on Flawed Proceedings: Analysis Outlines how Fair Trial Rights of Accused Was Seriously Compromised.’
In the article HRW said the Ghulam Azam trial was ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘did not meet international fair trial standards.’
Bangladesh’s ICT is trying 1971 war criminals which was an election pledge of the Awami League during 2008 general elections.
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