290 tortured, 71 killed in custody since 2009

Bangladesh on 27 June 2013
Location : Bangladesh | Source : New Age

At least 290 people were tortured by law enforcers in custody and 71 of them were tortured to death across the country from January 2009 to May 2013.  

Rights organisation Odhikar revealed the information at a discussion meeting on Wednesday that urged people to wage a movement against torture and enforced disappearance. Odhikar organised the discussion was organised marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture at BIAM Foundation in the capital.

The day is observed annually on June 26 to raise voice against the crime of torture and to support victims and survivors throughout the world.  At the discussion, Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan presented a paper and said that torture was now a very simple thing to the law enforcing agencies.

Article 35(5) of the constitution banned any kind of torture, said Adilur adding that Bangladesh ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture in 1998 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 2000.  He said that following the direction of the constitution and as a signatory of United Nations Convention against Torture, the country should formulate law against torture and take effective measure to stop torture in custody.

Former Dhaka University Central Students Union vice-president Mahmudur Rahman Manna, also Nagarik Oikya Parishad convenor, said that instead of making law to stop torture, the law makers were busy in hurling abuses in the parliament.  He criticised Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia for not stopping their lawmakers from using such bad words in the parliament.

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