Daily Archives: 12/12/2020

Bangladesh: International NGOs call for justice for Bangladesh lawyer Rabindra Ghosh

11/12/20

Advocate Rabindra Ghosh, Bangladesh

In a letter to US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller signed by over 35 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has pleaded to the US government to intervene “ for  the immediate protection of Rabindra Ghosh and other human rights activists and attorneys” in Bangladesh.

The letter provides a detailed account of the attack on Rabindra Ghosh, a human rights lawyer and human rights activist who has devoted his life’s work to defending the rights of and pursuing justice for persecuted religious minorities in Bangladesh. Sadly, the October 16, 2020, brutal assault of Ghosh and his colleague, also an attorney, inside a Bangladesh police station by state and non-state actors is just one incident in a decades-long pattern of abuse and assault on  Ghosh.

The letter goes on to state that “No government can protect all its citizens against all attacks, but they can protect them against attacks by the government or in which governments are complicit. The Bangladeshi government must provide equal protection under the law for all its citizens and punish according to law, those police and other officials who engaged in or allowed these attacks on Rabindra Ghosh and other attorneys and activists for religious freedom. Failure to do so would give the Bangladeshi government license to proceed with its attack on religious freedom and its advocates.”

Spearheaded by Illinois-based Forcefield, NFP the letter was signed by a total of 37 human rights NGOs and activists from across the globe working in tandem with members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable’s South Asia Working Group, which is responsible for monitoring, documenting, and raising awareness of religious freedom violations in the region.

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https://www.facebook.com/Bangladesh-Minority-Watch-124645515599338

Turkey: Lawyer Aytaç Ünsal re-arrested and beaten by police during detention

11/12/20

Aytaç Ünsal, a lawyer who had until recently been on a hunger strike in support of his demand for a fair trial, was detained and arrested yesterday on charges that he was trying to illegally flee the country and was allegedly beaten by the police while in custody, according to his father Nihat Ünsal.

Nihat Ünsal shared a photograph of his son’s battered face on Twitter. “We moved to a hotel in Istanbul to seek treatment for my son, who ended a hunger strike on September 3. But we were not left alone there as armed police officers raided our room,” he said.

Ünsal had been on a hunger strike for 213 days and was released from prison on September 3 due to health reasons and called off his hunger strike the following day.

The Supreme Court of Appeals conditionally released Ünsal “until he recovers” from his hunger strike. Although he had previously refused medical treatment, Ünsal agreed to it after his release.

His father claimed that the hospital was pressured into stopping Ünsal’s treatment, so they moved to Istanbul. “Please tell me as a father, where should we go to live?” he asked.

Ünsal had been in prison since September 12, 2018 on charges of membership in the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army/Front (DHKP/C), which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. He was accused of “communicating the organization’s messages to captured members and acting as a courier” and sentenced to 10 years, six months by an İstanbul court on March 20, 2017. The case was based on the testimony of a secret witness who has been used by the prosecution in a variety of cases.

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkish-lawyer-hunger-strike-released-rearrested

https://bianet.org/english/human-rights/235845-lawyer-aytac-unsal-arrested

https://www.haberturk.com/dhkp-c-li-avukat-aytac-unsal-in-yakalanma-goruntuleri-ortaya-cikti-2899295 (TURKCE)

https://www.cnnturk.com/video/turkiye/aytac-unsal-yurt-disina-kacarken-yakalandi-video

https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/avukat-aytac-unsal-tutuklandi-1797799

https://www.gazetefersude.net/avukat-aytac-unsal-tutuklandi

http://www.avocatparis.org/aytac-unsal-nouveau-place-en-detention (FRANCAIS)

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