Amnesty International came out with its annual report on Bangladesh on 23 May. State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku was unhappy with the report because he thought it exaggerated the problems in Bangladesh. I felt similarly, but because the report did not go far enough in reporting the scale of human rights abuses in Bangladesh. Especially if the victims involved the BNP or other right wing parties.
And how and why it did not go far enough is an interesting story in itself.
The report highlights the usual suspects. The sub-headings are:
- Extrajudicial executions
- Violence against women
- International justice
- Indigenous Peoples’ rights
- Torture and other ill-treatment
- Death penalty
The lacuna in the list is obvious to anyone who keeps on top of Bangladeshi news. There is no mention of the enforced disappearances, especially of opposition activists and politicians, that have become more prevalent under the current Awami League government. Why is this? Some answers below.
Shaptahik Pechal, our weekly round up of the must-read/watch/hear stories concerning Bangladesh this past week. Plus something to listen to with your post-breakfast Friday morning tea.
I was going to leave a snarky comment about “Ilias Ali’s role in the death of SAMS Kibria and Saifur Rahman“, but Jyoti expects more from us, so let’s see what we can do.
Did you hear about Suranjit Sengupta being set up? Isn’t it surprising that the seniormost Hindu minister in the country’s history is embroiled in a corruption scandal after he spoke out about the communal incidence in Shatkhira?