Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission ( AHRC)


The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), ALRC's sister organisation, has documented cases of disappearances that have been alarmingly increasing. At least 35 persons were disappeared in 2013. Between the parliamentary election schedule was announcement on 25 November 2013 and 2 January 2014, a period of 37 days, at least 10 persons have been disappeared. The recent patterns show that the Police, RAB, and BGB jointly and are individually picking up persons from places of work, business, off the streets, and at home. For days, sometimes weeks, the persons remain missing. In certain cases, dead bodies are found floating in paddy fields, roadside ditches, or in rivers while many remain missing, their whereabouts still unknown to their relatives. In the cases when the dead bodies are recovered, the law-enforcement agencies threaten the relatives with further loss of lives if any information is shared with any human rights or media groups. The police and paramilitary forces cordon-off the area and compel the families to bury the dead bodies immediately. The police refuse to register any complaint regarding the cases of disappeared persons when specific allegations are made against any agency of the state. Those cases registered without naming the law-enforcement officials have not been investigated credibly, let alone led to any prosecution or justice for the families. 

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