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Bangladesh: Barrister Sumon sued for derogatory remarks against Hindus

July 22, 2019


Gautam Kumar Edbar filed the case


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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Bangladesh: Missing lawyer found dead in Tangail

July 13, 2019

Freedom fighter and lawyer Mia Md Hassan Ali Reza-Tangail

Police recovered a partially decomposed body of a missing lawyer from Louhojang river bank of Tangail town this afternoon.

Mia Md Hassan Ali Reza, 76, senior lawyer of Advocate Bar Association, was a freedom fighter and a central committee member of Krishak Sramik Janata League. He was a resident of Sabalia area of Tangail, our local correspondent reports.

Advocate Ali Reza remained missing since July 8, said Saidul Haque Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Tangail Sadar Model Police Station.

His son Mahmudul Hasan Litu filed an abduction case against unidentified people the next day.

Police detained four people for interrogation based on the call list of his mobile phone, the OC said.



Bangladesh: Imam held over female lawyer murder in Moulvibazar

May 27, 2019


The diseased was identified as Abida Sultana, wife of Shariful Islam, and a member of District Ainjibi Shamity

Police arrested the imam of a local mosque yesterday as a female lawyer was found dead at Madhabgul village in Barlekha upazila of the district.

The diseased was identified as Abida Sultana, wife of Shariful Islam, and a member of District Ainjibi Shamity.

Quoting family members, Yasinul Haque, officer-in-charge of Barlekha police station, said Abida used to live in the district town since her marriage and often visited her village home.

On Sunday, Abida went to her village home at Madhabgul and her phone was found switched off since 4 pm on the day.

Worried, her family members rushed to the village and found one of room of the house locked.

Sensing something wrong, they called in police who broke into the room and recovered Abida’s body around 3 am.

The body that bore several injury marks was sent to local hospital morgue for autopsy.

Meanwhile, police arrested Tanvir Ahmed, imam of the local mosque, and also a tenant of the house, from Baruna in Srimangal upazila, at noon, for his suspected involvement in the incident, said Abdu Salek, officer-in-charge of Srimangal police station.

Members of District Ainjibi Samity staged demonstrations demanding punishment of those responsible for the murder.

They also brought out a procession on the court premises to press home their demand.









Bangladesh: Female lawyer murdered in Moulvibazar

May 27, 2019

A female lawyer was found dead at her own residence in Borolekha upazila of Moulvibazar district early today.

Abida Sultana, 35, might have been murdered sometime between afternoon and evening yesterday, said Officer-in-charge of Borolekha Police Station Yasinul Huq.

Abida was a member of the District Lawyer’s Council, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports.

Both the Police Bureau of Investigation and local police inspected the spot.

There were injury marks in the head and neck area of Abida, the OC said.


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Bangladesh: New Arrests Over Social Media Posts

May 17, 2019


Bangladesh authorities made a series of new arrests in their crackdown on the right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests were based on vague charges such as “hurting religious sentiment” or undermining “law and order.”

Those arrested include Abdul Kaium, a human rights activist; Henry Sawpon, a well-known poet; and Imtiaz Mahmood, a lawyer. All three were detained and charged under section 57 of the draconian Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act or its more abusive successor, the Digital Security Act 2018.

“Arresting activists, poets, and lawyers for exercising their right to free speech is straight out of the authoritarian playbook,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Bangladesh government should stop locking up its critics and review the law to ensure it upholds international standards on the right to peaceful expression.”

A group of writers, artists, and journalists staged a protest in Dhaka’s Shahbagh square on May 15, saying they would go on an indefinite strike beginning on May 17 if Sawpon and Mahmood were not released. Both Sawponand Mahmood were granted bail on May 16; Kaium remains in detention.








Bangladesh: Dhaka High Court orders probe into lawyer’s alleged murder

May 10, 2019

Lawyer Palash Kumar Roy died after prison officials allegedly torched him in a jail in northwestern Bangladesh. As officials and the victim’s family trade accusations, a Dhaka court has ordered a probe into the incident.

Bangladesch Gerichtshof in Dhaka hat die Totesstrafe gegen Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid bestätigt (M. Uz ZamanAFP/Getty Images)

On April 26, suspects torched Palash Kumar Roy in a prison in Panchagarh district in northwestern Bangladesh. The lawyer, referred to as “Palash” by the local media, died four days later while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit.

Previously, in a recorded conversation obtained by DW, the 37-year-old said that he had joined the Kohinoor Chemical Company as a legal officer in 2013. However, he was asked to do various illegal and immoral activities, including possession of government land, but he refused. In 2016, he resigned from the job, after which a false case was filed against him for allegedly embezzling 3.1 million taka ($11,381).

On March 25, Palash and his family began a hunger strike in front of the office of Panchagarh’s deputy commissioner and followed it up with a human chain on the highway. Palash was giving a speech when he was arrested by the police, who accused him of insulting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in his statements. A case was filed against him and he was sent to the district jail.

He was threatened several times during his prison term, but his complaints were unheard and officials did not take any action. “On April 25, around 10 in the morning, two people came to me and threw something from a bottle of Tiger [a local energy drink] and set my body on fire,” Palash said in his audio statement.

Prasenjit Kumar, the lawyer’s nephew, recorded the audio just before Palash died. “Palash was suffering from breathing difficulties. We did not think he would die. He asked me, does your mobile have a recording option? I want to talk about something. Then I recorded his words on my mobile phone. He died after half an hour,” he told DW.


Palash Kumar Roy brutally murdered by hired assassins in prison






Bangladesh: Sultana Kamal receives death threat from militant group

May 9, 2019


On 4 May 2019, Sultana Kamal filed a complaint at the Dhanmondi Police Station in Dhaka, detailing a threat on her life and requesting protection from state authorities. The death threat against her was made by the militant Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh in their online publication ‘Lone Wolf’ dated March 2019.

Sultana Kamal is a human rights defender and lawyer known for her work on civil and political as well as gender rights. She is currently the chairperson of several human rights organisations, including South Asians for Human Rights, Transparency International Bangladesh and We Can Bangladesh. Sultana Kamal is also the co-chairperson of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission. For over 15 years, she served as the Executive Director of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a legal aid and human rights organisation in Bangladesh.

The death threat against Sultana Kamal was published in the March 2019 issue of ‘Lone Wolf’, a publication of the militant Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen circulated on the Telegram messaging app. Sultana Kamal’s name was mentioned in a list of “targets” identified by the group alongside suggestions of possible ways to kill them. She and a few others were also labelled as ‘murtad’ or apostates in the publication.

This is not the first time that Sultana Kamal has received threats from fundamentalist groups. On 2 June 2017, another hardline Islamist group named Hefazat-e-Islam had threatened her with arrest, exile, and violence for disagreeing with one of their representatives on a TV show.