Stop extra judicial killings: seminarStaff Correspondent
Politicians, academics and journalists on Wednesday urged the government to take immediate steps to stop extrajudicial killings across the country.
Extrajudicial killings increased abnormally across the country after the January 5 ‘unilateral’ general elections and the law enforcers were engaged in the killings as part of the repressions on the leaders and activists of the opposition parties, they alleged at a seminar in the capital.
A newly launched human right organisation, Youth Movements for Democracy organised the seminar titled ‘Bangladesh: downward slide on human rights’ at National Press Club auditorium.
The extrajudicial killings are being perpetrated against opposition leaders and activists in the name of ‘gunfight’ and ‘crossfire’ during countrywide operations by joint forces after the ‘unilateral’ general elections, the organisation convener Shama Obaid said in the keynote paper.
Referring to the January 5 elections, Shama said the people of Bangladesh always preferred and expected a democratic government which should come in power through a credible election contested by all political parties.
Communist Party of Bangladesh presidium member Haider Akbar Khan Rano said the rate of human rights violation increased in the country abnormally after the January 5 elections.
Referring to the recent attacks on general students by the police and ruling party’s student wing Chhatra League activists, he said Chhatra League men used firearms and worked as auxiliary force of the police.
After the general elections general masses, religious and national minorities in particular, were facing attacks, which should be stopped immediately, Rano said.
Lawyer Nasir Uddin Ahmed Asim, also Bangladesh Nationalist Party human rights secretary, said the government increased the extrajudicial killings to thwart the movements of the opposition parties.
Journalist Naimul Islam Khan said the government must stop extrajudicial killings and no one should be punished without trial.
Chaired by Shama Obaid, the seminar was also addressed, among others, by Dhaka University teacher Sukomal Barua, lawyer Asaduzzaman, BNP central leader and Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Kalyan Front convener Goutam Chakrabarty and coordinator of the organisation Erfanul Haque Nahid.
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