Daily Archives: 11/08/2019

Bangladesh: CAT findings on torture: UN body recommends independent inquiry into allegations against law enforcers

August 10, 2019

The UN Committee Against Torture has expressed concern over the allegations of routine torture, ill-treatment by Bangladeshi law enforcement

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The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has recommended that the Bangladesh government commission independent inquiry into allegations of torture and ill-treatment raised against the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

The UN agency unveiled its findings on human rights records in Bangladesh, along with several recommendations, yesterday, according to a news release forwarded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of Bangladesh in implementing the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, highlight the UN body’s main matters of concern in terms of human rights violation, and make recommendations regarding the allegations of such violations.

In the report, the Committee Against Torture expressed concern at consistent reports alleging widespread and routine torture and ill-treatment by law enforcement officials for the purpose of obtaining confessions or to solicit the payment of bribes, the lack of publicly available information on these cases, and failure to ensure accountability for law enforcement agencies, particularly the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

The committee is seriously concerned at numerous, consistent reports of arbitrary arrests, unacknowledged detention and enforced disappearances, and reports of excessive use of force, including in the context of recent elections and public demonstrations.

The other observations

The UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern about alleged pressure on the judiciary that constrains fundamental legal safeguards. The limited use of the mandate of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate torture was noted as an issue.

It also expressed concern about inadequate prison conditions, violence against women and ethnic and religious minorities, and corporal punishment in law and against children. It is also concerned about trafficking, including that of the Rohingyas. It noted that civil society activists and human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists have faced harassment and violence for dealing with torture cases and other serious human rights violations.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2019/08/10/cat-findings-on-torture-un-body-recommends-independent-inquiry-into-allegations-against-law-enforcers

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-torture/bangladesh-must-investigate-rife-torture-un-rights-body-idUSKCN1UZ1YT

https://www.ohchr.org/FR/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24884&LangID=E

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/29/bangladesh-heed-un-recommendations-torture

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/foreign-affairs/2019/08/01/review-of-bangladesh-un-committee-against-torture-observations-on-aug-9

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/international/rights-groups-accuse-bangladesh-of-using-torture-in-custody-against-dissenters

http://www.omct.org/reports-and-publications/2019/06/d25408/

Russia: Dozens arrested at opposition rally in Moscow

August 10, 2019

Nearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead.

The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.

A total of 71 people were detained in Moscow and a further 80 were arrested in Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors detentions at protests.

In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, including allies of top Putin critic Alexei Navalny, from local Moscow polls next month.

While the rally was authorised, Mr Navalny, who is currently in jail, had urged supporters to walk peacefully through the city afterwards.

The latest demonstration came this week as authorities mounted their harshest attack yet on Navalny’s team, focusing on his anti-corruption foundation which publishes investigations of officials close to Mr Putin.

One of the foundation’s lawyers, Lyubov Sobol, was detained Saturday at her campaign office by police in riot gear, she wrote on social media.

Riot police also raided the studio where Navalny’s supporters were set to run a live broadcast of the protest, activists said.

On Thursday, investigators raided the foundation’s office as part of a probe into alleged acceptance of donations of laundered money and a court froze the foundation’s accounts.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0810/1068125-russia-protest-arrests/

https://www.france24.com/en/20190810-thousands-rally-moscow-opposition-protest-crackdown

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2019/08/tens-thousands-rally-election-protest-moscow-190810143831955.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-police-detain-sobol/30103214.html

https://news.sky.com/video/russian-opposition-activist-lyubov-sobol-films-herself-being-detained-11781905

https://www.dw.com/en/moscow-protests-pressuring-vladimir-putin-find-female-standard-bearer/a-49936204

https://www.voanews.com/europe/voa-exclusive-navalny-deputy-calls-assets-freeze-predictable-psychological-projection

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyubov_Sobol

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny

https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20190812.OBS17078/l-opposante-politique-russe-lioubov-sobol-filme-sa-propre-interpellation.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tdg.ch/monde/europe/Lioubov-Sobol-l-egerie-de-la-contestation-antiKremlin/story/19767448 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-49308856 (ESPANOL)

https://tg.la7.it/esteri/russia-arrestata-lyubov-sobol-lattivista-anti-putin-10-08-2019-141397 (ITALIANO)

https://www.agi.it/estero/proteste_mosca_arresti-6003893/news/2019-08-10/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.dw.com/pt-002/r%C3%BAssia-dezenas-de-milhares-em-protesto-por-elei%C3%A7%C3%B5es-livres/a-49979759 (PORTUGUES)

Syria: The corpse of a lawyer was found in Qubbat al Sheikh village in Aleppo, on Aug 9

August 10, 2019

The lawyer Ahmad al Ahmad, attorney general at the court of Bza’a city in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, his corpse was found decomposed in a well in Qubbat al Sheikh village in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, on August 9, 2019. His family confirmed that they recognized him by his clothes and belongings. We note that gunmen kidnapped the lawyer on May 19, 2019, while he was passing the road linking al Bab city and al Ziadiya village in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate and forcibly disappeared him. We are unable to identify the date and the cause of his death and the party responsible for his kidnap as of this writing.

The corpse of a lawyer was found in Qubbat al Sheikh village in Aleppo, on Aug 9