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Nagorik Nirapotta Jote demands accountability of state agencies

  • Published at 04:58 pm May 25th, 2019
Nagorik Nirapotta Jote addresses a press conference at National Press Club on satuday, May 25, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Asks to follow High Court order before making arrests

Nagorik Nirapotta Jote has called upon the government to promptly form a judicial commission to guarantee proper trials of all human rights violations by state agencies.

The platform recommended forming of a judicial commission,  that will inquire into incidents of extra-judicial killings, disappearances, and custodial deaths.

At the press conference held on Saturday, they also demanded prompt, neutral investigations, and trials of people involved.

Shamsul Huda, Executive Director of the Association of Land Reform and Development (ALRD), quoting statistics by Ain o Salish Kendra, said: “At least 118 people have been killed in so called “gunfights” by law enforcement officials between January to April alone this year.”

Nagorik Nirapotta Jote also urged the state agencies to follow the High Court order before arresting or detaining people.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said, our different democratic and government run organizations have been politicized, graft and lack of good governance increased, and they have been facing obstacles in their professional skills, and responsibilities. That is why; institutions should be put in place to ensure accountability.

“We are demanding judicial inquiry into the violations of law, by the law enforcement agencies.”

The freedom of expression has been curtailed through the ICT, and digital security laws, he observed.

“We have to keep in mind that government may consider the Digital Security Act as an effective one, but in the long run, it will not be that helpful. The past, hints at such developments,” he said.

The TIB executive director urged the government to amend the law.

From the platform, Human rights activist Dr Hamida Hossain, expressed her dissatisfaction that the High Court directive on forming sexual harassment complaint committees at all educational institutions, and workplaces is being ignored.

Nijera Kori Coordinator Khushi Kabir said, the present society has become a place of injustice, anarchy, and chaos which is creating scary culture in the minds of people, which cannot be acceptable in any way.

The government is constitutionally committed to providing security, and justice to the people. There, we see the government, and state's organizations are avoiding the responsibility of human rights, and citizen protection, she added.