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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.

http://www.newagebd.net/article/87128/bnp-expels-lawyer-from-assoc-body-for-defending-abrars-killer

https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/lawyer-expels-by-bnp-defending-abrar-murder-case-accused-1811431

http://www.theindependentbd.com/printversion/details/218824

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/09/bnp-expels-lawyer-for-defending-abrar-murder-suspects

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.

https://www.newagebd.net/article/83639/sc-lawyers-protest-against-bail-denial-to-mainul

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227910/sc-lawyers-demand–barrister-mainuls-release

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227981/bnp-demands-mainuls-release

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227982/jsd-calls-to-free-barrister-mainul

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/barrister-mainul-hosein-sent-to-dhaka-jail-in-defamation-case-1794910

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/court/2019/09/03/court-sends-barrister-mainul-hosein-to-jail

http://www.unb.com.bd/category/Bangladesh/barrister-mainul-lands-in-jail-again/27460

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/mainul-sent-jail-illegally-scba-secy-1796230

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/227985/lawyers-demand-barrister-mainuls-release-departmental-action-against-judge

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

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

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/11/thai-lawyers-disappearance-unsolved-15-years

15 years since disappearance Somchai Neelapaijit

Thailand: at event marking 15th anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Somchai Neelapaijit, ICJ calls for effective measures to tackle the crime

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/11/14-years-disappearance-thai-rights-lawyer

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

https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/sgsm19716.doc.htm

https://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/

https://international.thenewslens.com/article/124112

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/enforced-disappearance-in-bangladesh-thousand-days-wait-1792822

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/syria-new-testimonies-families-disappeared-mark-day-disappeared

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2019/08/29/enforced-disappearances-in-iran-and-the-1988-massacre/

https://www.un.org/fr/events/disappearancesday/ (FRANCAIS)

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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

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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/

Bangladesh: Barrister Sumon sued for derogatory remarks against Hindus

July 22, 2019

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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.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/court/2019/07/22/barrister-sumon-sued-for-derogatory-remarks-against-hindus

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/208471

https://www.unb.com.bd/category/Bangladesh/barrister-suman-sued-for-hurting-religious-sentiment/24011

https://en.barta24.com/details/National/46089/barrister-sayedul-haque-sumon-sued-for-derogatory-remarks-on-hindu-community

https://www.daily-sun.com/post/409417/Barrister-Sayedul-Haque-Sumon-sued-under-Digital-Security-Act

https://www.ppbd.news/court/116123 (BENGALI)

https://publicvoice24.com/2019/07/21/barister_suman_facebook_id/ (BENGALI)

https://sobdikerkhabar.com/%E0%A6%AC%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AF%E0%A6%B0%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B8%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%9F%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%B8%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%A8%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%B2%E0%A6%BE/ (BENGALI)

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.

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/missing-lawyer-found-dead-in-tangail-1770862

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2019/07/13/missing-freedom-fighter-found-dead-in-tangail

Bangladesh: Imam held over female lawyer murder in Moulvibazar

May 27, 2019

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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.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2019/05/27/female-lawyer-murdered-in-moulvibazar

https://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/news/one-arrested-over-death-female-lawyer-1749763

http://www.newagebd.net/article/73736/female-lawyer-found-dead-in-moulvibazar

http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/217106/female-lawyer-murdered-in-moulvibazar

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/05/27/lawyer-murdered-in-moulvibazar

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/female-lawyer-murder-three-arrestees-put-remand-moulvibazar-1750453

http://www.newagebd.net/article/73844/mosque-imam-his-wife-and-mother-taken-for-interrogation

http://www.newagebd.net/article/74041/imam-confesses-killing-female-lawyer