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Bangladesh: CCBE urges for impartial investigation into attack against Lawyer Shahanur Islam!


The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) urges Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina to do everything in her power to ensure that a full and impartial investigation into the reported attack is being carried out, with a view to bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards, as well as to ensure the safety of lawyer Shahanur Islam and his family members, since they believe that the continuous harassment against Mr. Shahanur Islam is based solely on his legitimate activities as a human rights lawyer.

The CCBE also express its serious concern over the prosecution and continuous harassment of lawyer Shahanur Islam as well as draw attention to the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, in particular Principles 16, 17 and 18 on Guarantees for the functioning of lawyers and Principle 23 on Freedom of expression and association.

The President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Margarete von Galen sent the letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina on 10th November 2021 over email and fax.

The CCBE represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.

The CCBE mentions the letter that on 26 August 2020 lawyer Shahanur Islam was attacked by approximately 10 individuals at the court premises of Naogaon district in the northern part of Bangladesh. As a result of the attack, he suffered serious face and body injuries and was subsequently hospitalised.

The CCBE also mentions the letter that the attack took place just after he left the hearing; he took part in against Md. Jahurul Islam, Member of District Parishad. The hearing in question concerned a fraudulent court summon issued by Jahurul Islam against lawyer Shahanur Islam in an on-going case between lawyer Shahanur Islam and Jahurul Islam, which began in late 2018 when the latter made false allegations against lawyer Shahanur Islam and two other members of his family. It is reported that the attack was led by Jobayer Hossain, son of Jahurul Islam.


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Bangladesh: Bar protests at ‘torture’ of lawyer Ibrahim Khalil by police


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The Supreme Court Bar Association in a statement on Saturday alleged that its member AMB Ibrahim Khalil was tortured in the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion and prosecuted on Thursday on a ‘funny’ charge.

Chakwbazar police station officer-in-charge Moudud Howlader said that he was not aware of any torture of the lawyer in custody but the RAB-10 accused him of resisting law enforcers from arresting a suspect, and assaulting them.

RAB-10 commanding officer additional deputy inspector general Mahfujur Rahman said that the allegation of torture raised by the lawyer against battalion members was baseless. He was rather arrested for obstructing battalion members from arresting a suspected drug dealer, the battalion official said, adding that further action would be taken against him for making the ‘false allegation.’

Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Ruhul Kuddus Kajal said that the lawyer told him that he was picked up by the battalion members on a motorcycle near the High Court area on Thursday afternoon and kept detained in a secret place for hours and tortured in custody, injuring his eyes and face, among others.

Ruhul said that the lawyer was handed over to Chakwbazar police station and now was in jail as a metropolitan magistrate court on Friday set his bail application for hearing today.

He said that the motive behind the torture was not entirely clear but he was vocal on social media over irregularities of lawyer forums.



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Bangladesh: Police attack lawyers at Naogaon Court


নওগাঁয় পুলিশের মারধরের অভিযোগ তুলে আইনজীবীরা আদালত বর্জন করেছেন।

জেলা আইনজীবী বার অ্যাসোসিয়েশন সোমবার বেলা ১১টার দিকে জরুরি সভায় এই সিদ্ধান্ত নেয়।

বারের সভাপতি খোদাদাদ খান পিটু তিনি বলেন, বেলা ১১টার দিকে আবু সাঈদ মুরাদ নামে একজন আইনজীবী রিকশা নিয়ে আদালত চত্বরে প্রবেশ করার সময় প্রধান গেটে বাধা দেন ট্রাফিক পুলিশের পরিদর্শক রাজিব ও পুলিশ সদস্য মুক্তার হোসেন।

“পরিচয় দেয়ার পরও বাধা দেন তারা। কথাকাটাকাটির একপর্যায়ে আইনজীবী আব্দুর রাজ্জাক ও শাহ আলম এগিয়ে যান। পুলিশ তিন আইনজীবীকে গালাগালসহ মারধর করে।”

এ ঘটনার বিচার চেয়ে আদালত চত্বরে বিক্ষোভ করেন আইনজীবীরা। পরে আইনজীবীদের জরুরি সভায় সোম-মঙ্গল দুই দিন আদালতে বর্জনের সিদ্ধান্ত হয় বলে জানান বার সভাপতি।

ঘটনার পর আদালত চত্বর উত্তপ্ত হয়ে ওঠে। সেখানে অতিরিক্ত পুলিশ মোতায়েন করা হয়।

সদর থানার ওসি সোহরাওয়ার্দী হোসেন বলেন, জেলা ছাত্রলীগের পক্ষে ডিসির কাছে স্মারকলিপি দেওয়ার কথা ছিল। এ জন্য ওই এলাকায় যেন যানজট না হয় সেজন্য নির্দেশনা ছিল।





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District Bar Association president addresses emergency meeting of lawyers to protest police attack

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Bangladesh: Death of Apprentice Lawyer: Police refuse to record case against DB men


Relatives of apprentice lawyer Rejaul Karim Reja, who died in a prison cell of a Barishal hospital, yesterday alleged that Kotwali police did not record a murder case against three members of Detective Brach of police.

A DB team detained Rejaul at a tea stall near his home on Barishal city’s Hamid Khan Sarak around 8:00pm on December 29 when he was having tea, said his brother-in-law Abdul Barek Hawlader.

The DB that night filed a drugs case against the 30-year-old apprentice lawyer with Kotwali Police Station and handed him over to police, he added.

A local court sent him to jail the following day.

On January 1, he was admitted to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital. He passed away on Saturday night.





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


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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.



Bangladesh: BNP expels lawyer from assoc body for defending Abrar’s killer

October 9, 2019

Bangladesh Nationalist Party has expelled Morsheda Khatun Shilpi — defence lawyer for Mujahidul, an accused of BUET student Abrar Fahad killing — from BNP associate organisation Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum for violating the organisation’s discipline.

BNP expelled the lawyer, also a member of the 179-member central convening committee of JAF, in a press release signed by the party senior joint-secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on early Wednesday.

BNP protested Abrar murder and alleged that he was murdered for criticising the government’s anti-state deal with India and demanded highest punishment for the killers.

Morsheda was expelled against the backdrop of social media outrage against her for taking part in the legal battle for an accused in the case of killing Abrar Fahad and many demanded her expulsion from JAF.

The press release signed by Rizvi, however, did not mention whether she was expelled for standing as the defence lawyer of Mujahidul.





Bangladesh: SC lawyers protest against bail denial to Mainul

September 5, 2019

Supreme Court lawyers under the banner of Jatiya Ainjibi Okikya Front held a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court Bar Association office in protest against sending barrister Mainul Hosein to jail after denying bail in bailable case.

Metropolitan magistrate Tofazzal Hossain denied bail to Mainul and sent him to Dhaka Central Jail. The lawyers condemned magistrate Tofazzal for denying bail to Mainul flouting Appellate Division’s standing directive.

The lawyers said that they would announce  a tougher action programme from a rally to be held at SCBA Bhaban at 2PM today if bail was not granted to barrister Mainul Hosein by morning today.

Jatiya Ainjibi Okikya Front’s convenor and former SCBA president Zainul Abedin said that magistrate Tofazzal rejected bail application of Mainul Hosein, a former SCBA president, on  the government’s dictations.

SCBA secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokan demanded withdrawal of judicial powers of magistrate Tofazzal for violating  the Appellate Division’s standing order and the Penal Code that requires granting bails in bailabe cases.

Khokon also demanded checking call list of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka to probe whether anyone had influenced him to reject Mainul Hosein’s bail application.

On Thursday Mainul Hosein was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail in a defamation case filed on October 21, 2018 by journalist Masuda Bhatti alleging that he had called her a person of loose morals in a live TV talk show.











Thailand: Ensure truth, justice, and reparations for victims of enforced disappearance | Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

August 29, 2019

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Joint written statement* submitted by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, non-governmental organization in special consultative status, and Asian Legal Resource Centre, non-government organization in general consultative status

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), NGO without consultative status, also shares the views expressed in this statement.

Unforgotten in Thailand: Ensure truth, justice, and reparations for victims of enforced disappearance

  1. Introduction: Persistent impunity for enforced disappearances

 A pattern of impunity for enforced disappearances[1] persists in Thailand despite years of promises to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (UNCED)[2] and to pass legislation making enforced disappearance a crime.[3] The United Nations (UN) Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) reports 82 unresolved cases of enforced disappearances since 1980.[4] This number represents a fraction of Thailand’s enforced disappearances since the 1950s,[5] as families and witnesses remain silent for fear of reprisals.[6] Those most vulnerable to enforced disappearances belong to minorities or indigenous peoples. Also at risk are human rights defenders (defenders) or peaceful government critics.[7]Thailand’s current laws foster impunity for enforced disappearance; when a body is not found, murder charges are not laid.[8] No public officials have ever been held accountable for suspected involvement in enforced disappearances. The persistent pattern of impunity for enforced disappearances constitutes a grave violation of Thailand’s obligations under customary international law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Thailand acceded in 1996.[9]

The risk of enforced disappearances is heightened by the practice of incommunicado detention of political opponents, suspects in national security cases, and suspected insurgents in southern provinces.[10]

Thailand: Ensure truth, justice, and reparations for victims of enforced disappearance | Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council


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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


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.








Bangladesh: Barrister Sumon sued for derogatory remarks against Hindus

July 22, 2019


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Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon has been sued for making derogatory remarks against the Hindu community in a Facebook post.

Gautam Kumar Edbar filed the case at the court of Cyber Crime Tribunal Judge Md Jaglul Hossain on Monday.

The plaintiff’s lawyer Sumon Kumar Roy, however, said the court has not given any order in this regard.

According to the allegations brought in the case, Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman made disparaging comments against the Hindu community in a Facebook post on July 19. His comments not only damaged the image of Hindu society but also hurt the religious sentiments of many. Such remarks can also provoke violence, disrupting the law and order situation in the country.






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