Odhikar in its half-yearly report on Wednesday expressed deep concern over continued rights violations in the country and blamed it on political crisis.
‘Political crisis has been created due to forcible assumption of power through conducting connived and controversial elections on January 5, 2014,’ the right group said in the report.
They see no alternative other than holding a free, fair and credible election immediately to resolve the crisis.
Odhikar said that 79 people including a number of opposition leader and activists were allegedly killed extra-judicially in the last six month in the name of ‘crossfire,’ ‘encounters’ and ‘gun fights,’ and other means by Rapid Action Battalion, police and Border Guard Bangladesh.
The rights watchdog demanded that the government ensure accountability of all members of the law enforcement agencies and to take appropriate measures to stop the impunity they enjoy. The report said that 38 people disappeared in last six months. Of them, eight were found dead and 20 other were later handed over to different court. Whereabouts of 10 persons are still unknown, it said.
Odhikar demanded that the government bring the members of the security and law enforcement forces involved in the incidents of enforced disappearance and killing to justice. It also urged the government to accede to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by the UN on December 20, 2006. According to information gathered by Odhikar, from January to June, 30 people were shot in the leg by the law enforcement agencies after arrest.
Human rights violations by Indian Border Security Force continued along the borders as 23 Bangladeshis were killed by them in the first six months.
In the first six months, a total number of 298 females were reportedly raped.
The rights organisation alleged that the government continued to harass them, everyone associated with Odhikar and local level human right defenders.
The government also were harassing victims of human rights violations and their families, gagging their voices through hindering Odhikar’s activities.
Read the half yearly Jan-Jun 15 reports from Odhikar website
Source: New Age