Body to probe incidents of disappearances demanded
Published : Saturday, 31 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 760
Rights activists have demanded formation of an independent commission to investigate the incidents of disappearances and bring back the victims.
They raised the demand at a discussion held at the National Press Club in the capital on Friday, marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
"Mayer Daak', a rights organization, organized the discussion. Members of some 40 families of the victims of enforced disappearances joined the programme.
Apart from the family members of those disappeared, rights activists and political leaders, including Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Zonayed Saki, and Asif Nazrul, among others, were present.
"Every year, we come to this meeting and see the same dejected faces. But our calls for justice do not reach the people in power," said Manna.
Manna, also the Convener of Nagorik Oikya, also demanded formation of an independent commission to investigate the incidents of disappearances.
Bangladeshi Biplobi Workers Party General Secretary Saiful Hoque said the government must sign the United Nations charter on disappearances and invite an international team to investigate the disappearances in the country.
Mother of Mozammel Hossain Topu, a BCL activist, who has been missing for more than three years, said that many mothers in the country are passing unbearable days.
Such a situation cannot go on in an independent country, she added.