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Bangladesh: Vandalism at Court: 15 lawyers jailed

March 22, 2017

A court yesterday jailed 15 lawyers including the general secretary of Satkhira District Bar Association for going on the rampage at Satkhira Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in 2013.

Judge Md Habibullah Mahmud of the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Satkhira jailed each of them for two and a half years and fined them each Tk 5,000, in default of which they would have to spend six more months behind bars.

The lawyers handed down punishment include former president of the district bar advocate Shah Alam, former general secretary advocate Abdus Sattar, General Secretary advocate Tozammel Hossain Toza and advocate Mostafa Asaduzzaman.

The lawyers appealed against the verdict yesterday afternoon and the Court of District and Sessions Judge granted them all an interim bail, said Public Prosecutor Abdul Gani.

Advocates Sarder Saif and Shaheduzzaman have been acquitted in the case.

Court sources said equipped with sticks, the convicted lawyers along with court staff on November 18, 2013 ransacked the doors and windows of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal and created panic among justice-seekers.

Tribunal Judge Md Fakhruddin filed a case against 17 lawyers with Sadar police the same day.

Sub-inspector SM Humayun Kabir investigated the incident and pressed charges against the 17 lawyers. The court framed charges against them on August 3, 2014.


Bangladesh: Man Released From Long Secret Detention

March 2, 2017


Two Others Held Incommunicado Should Be Released or Charged

The release this week of a man held incommunicado for more than six months after his apparent abduction by security forces is a step forward, but Bangladeshi authorities need to immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of two other men held in secret detention, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

Humam Quader Chowdhury, who was taken away by men in plainclothes on August 4, 2016, was released March 2, 2017, near his family home in Dhaka. Two other men – Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem and Abdullahil Amaan Azmi – were also taken in August 2016 in separate incidents and have not been heard from since. They should either be charged or released without delay.

The three men are all sons of prominent opposition politicians tried and convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal set up to prosecute war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. They have been denied access to lawyers and their family members.

“The release of Humam Quader Chowdhury is one positive step, but he should never should have been held in secret detention in the first place,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Bangladeshi authorities need to now come clean about what has happened to Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem and Abdullahil Amaan Azmi, and provide their families with answers. They were picked up in front of relatives and other eyewitnesses and there is little room for denial that security forces were involved in their enforced disappearances.”

Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem
Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem, 32, is the son of Mir Quasem Ali, a prominent leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party. Quasem Ali was convicted of war crimes in November 2014 and was facing execution when Bin Quasem was abducted.

Bin Quasem is a Supreme Court lawyer who had also served as his father’s lawyer. He was abducted at his home at around midnight on August 9, 2016, by several men in civilian clothes. The men said they were members of the administration but did not identify themselves as being with any specific branch of the security forces. His wife and cousin were present at the time. Bin Quasem told the security forces that as a lawyer he knew his rights and demanded to see an arrest warrant. The men said they did not need a warrant and dragged Bin Quasem away, refusing even to let him put on his shoes.





Bangladesh: Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem

le 6 décembre, 2016


Pays d’origine : Bangladesh

Profession : avocat

Causes défendues : droit au procès équitable, respect des droits fondamentaux.

Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem est un avocat bangladais, également membre du « Bar of England and Wales » depuis 2007. Il est le fils de Mir Quasem Ali, une figure de l’opposition bangladaise, condamné à mort le 2 novembre 2014 par le Tribunal pour les crimes internationaux (TCI) créé par le Parlement bangladais, pour juger des crimes de guerre commis durant la guerre de 1971 contre le Pakistan, et exécuté le 3 septembre dernier.

Devant le caractère arbitraire et partial de la mise en accusation de son père, Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem s’est battu pour que ses droits à un procès équitable et à une défense pénale effective soient respectés.

Dans la nuit du 9 août 2016 Mir Ahmed est arrêté à son domicile et conduit de force dans une voiture aux vitres teintées, par plusieurs hommes non identifiés, qui ont refusé de produire un mandat d’arrêt et de décliner leur identité.


OIAD/Bangladesh/China: El Observatorio Internacional de Abogados en Riesgo sigue su camino



Formado por el Consejo General de la Abogacía Española, el Conseil National des Barreaux (Francia), el Colegio de Abogados de París y el Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italia), el Observatorio Internacional de Abogados en Riesgo (OIAD) sigue avanzando y son ya muchos los pasos que han dado.

Las últimas acciones llevadas a cabo por el Observatorio muestran la cruda realidad que muchos abogados en el mundo sufren diariamente. Este es el caso de la desaparición forzada del abogado Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem en Bangladesh, el día 16 de agosto de 2016. Este era miembro del Consejo de Inglaterra y de Gales, y del Colegio de Abogados de la Corte Suprema de Bangladesh. El Observatorio informa de este acto mediante comunicado oficial, expresando su consternación al respecto y pide a las autoridades bangladesís que tomen cartas en el asunto, a que se proceda a un juicio justo y a que no se le aplique la pena de muerte.

Por otro lado, el asesinato del abogado nigeriano Ken Atsuwete, director ejecutivo de la Alianza de los Derechos Humanos, el pasado 28 de agosto. El OIAD mostró su solidaridad con compañeros y allegados del abogado, y también hizo un llamamiento a las autoridades nigerianas para que actúen en consecuencia con lo ocurrido y para que lleven ante la justicia este tema cuanto antes. Un sospechoso está siendo investigado por las autoridades del Estado de Rivers, de donde era procedente Ken Atsuwete.

Además, numerosos abogados en Antalya (Turquía) fueron detenidos entre el 8 y el 9 de septiembre, pertenecientes a la Asociación de Juristas Progresistas y del Consejo de Abogados de Antalya. Siete de los abogados arrestados siguen estando en prisión. El OIAD, mediante un comunicado oficial, denunció firmemente tal situación recordando que Turquía tiene un compromiso firme con los Criterios de Copenhague, siendo además candidato exponencial para ser miembro de la Unión Europea.

El Observatorio Internacional de Abogados en Riesgo sigue su camino

Bangladesh: End Arbitrary and Secret Arrests

October 12, 2016

Human Rights Watch

Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release three children of opposition leaders convicted of war crimes who were forcibly disappeared and have been illegally detained since August 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Bangladesh’s donors and counterterror partners should speak out against frequent abuses committed by theBangladesh government against political opponents and critics in the name of fighting terrorism.

The three men, Humam Quader Chowdhury, Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem, and Amaan Azmi, were arrested without judicial warrants or formal charges. They have not been produced before a magistrate as required by law and have not been allowed access to family or lawyers. The government denies having them in custody despite credible statements from witnesses that all were arrested by law enforcement authorities (see below for details on each case).

“Bangladesh law enforcement authorities have a long history of politically motivated arrests and disappearances, including detaining people and then denying that the person is in custody,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “In many cases detainees are tortured or even killed. The government should immediately charge or release these men and put an end to disappearances and illegal detentions.”

Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem
Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem, 32, is the son of Mir Quasem Ali, a prominent leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party. Quasem Ali was convicted of war crimes in November 2014 and was facing execution when Bin Quasem was arrested.

Bin Quasem is a Supreme Court lawyer who had also served as his father’s lawyer.


Bangladesh: Two Secret Detentions, War Crimes Executions and Financing of the Bangladesh Cafe Attack

August 23, 2016

Hummam Quader Chowdhury and Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem. Credit: Facebook

Why are the sons of two Bangladesh opposition politicians being secretly detained by the country’s law enforcement authorities, and what will happen to them?

Over two weeks ago, on the morning of August 4, 33-year-old businessman Hummam Quader Chowdhury, the son of the late Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was taken from his caras it stopped at traffic lights close to the magistrate’s court in Old Dhaka.

Six days later, 32-year-old Supreme Court lawyer Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, the son of Mir Quasem Ali, leader of the other main opposition party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, was also picked up by law enforcement authorities from his house late at night.

Bangladesh’s various policing and intelligence bodies all deny knowledge or involvement in the pick ups of the two men and their continuing unlawful detention. The Wire, however, has confirmed that both men are being held in state custody, and also that Bangladeshi authorities have informed the US government of their detentions.

It should of course be of no surprise that the state agencies deny knowledge of their detention, as to do so would be to admit that they are operating outside the law. The Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 requires the police to bring the men to court within 24 hours of detention, and only detain them further following a magistrate’s order – none of which has happened.

Secret detentions are no longer uncommon in Bangladesh…








Mir Quasem’s counsel irks SC



Bangladesh: Rights groups: Bangladesh must immediately end illegal detentions


August 14, 2016

Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] released a statement [AI press release; HRW press release] this weekend urging Bangladesh officials to immediately end the illegal detentions of two citizens. Ahmed Bin Quasem and Humman Qader Chowdhury were arrested without warrants on August 9 and August 4, respectively. They were reportedly carried out by men in plain clothes who did not identify themselves as security forces. The men have also not been presented before a magistrate and have not had access to family or lawyers. Officials have denied having the men in custody, although many sources have said otherwise.

Both detained men are sons of opposition leaders who have been convicted of war crimes during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was executed [JURIST report] last November. Mir Quasem Ali is also facing the death penalty [JURIST report]. Rights groups such as AI havecriticized [JURIST report] death sentences imposed by Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal, stating that trials of war criminals have, in the past, “failed to meet international standards.”









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