30 extrajudicial killings so far this year

Bangladesh security forces perpetrated at least 30 extra-judicial killings and 10 forced disappearances and carried out widespread torture in 2012, according to the human rights organisation Amnesty International.

On May 21 it launched an assessment of human rights in 159 countries across the world from January to December 2012.

In its assessment of Bangladesh, it also highlighted the deaths of 111 workers in a factory fire, communal attacks in Ramu and increasing political violence.

Referring to the forced disappearance of Ilias Ali, Sylhet division secretary of the BNP, with his driver Ansar Ali on April 17 last year, the report says, “The government promised to investigate the case but provided no information by the end of the year.”

The report draws attention to the harassment of labour leaders speaking against low pay and poor working conditions, and the death of trade union leader Aminul Islam.
Violence against women continued unabated last year, it says, citing the case of Aleya Begum and her daughter who were arrested without warrants and allegedly tortured and sexually abused by policemen.

The authorities failed to settle indigenous people’s claims over land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and protect their rights, the report adds.
About the global human rights situation as a whole, Amnesty International said inaction regarding the issue was making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants.
In 2012, the world witnessed a range of human rights emergencies that forced large numbers of people to seek safety within their states or across borders. From North Korea to Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, people fled in the hope of finding safe havens, said a press release by Amnesty.

“Too many governments are abusing human rights in the name of immigration control — going well beyond legitimate border control measures,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International.

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