Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rule of law democracy and Bangladesh

By Jahangir Alam Akash, We have been passing around 38 years after independence. But, the war criminals are still very active badly. In Bangladesh, most of the political party are using religious in politics. Almost whole system turned to the criminalization, Islamalization, corruption, no accountability, no responsibility, disabled democracy in Bangladesh are burning problems. And gross poverty, natural disaster, climate change, education system, no good plan, no rule of law are the main problem of Bangladesh. War criminals, Jammat and militant are similar. These three components are very danger for secularism. But they are still active in Bangladesh. Dishonesty, immorality, irregularities, irresponsibility, corruption, you can find every where in Bangladesh.
Islamic militant group still are very organized. They have been running arms and explosives training camp. Another terrorists group members are killings in the name of crossfire, encounter or gunfight by the state forces. But, administration hasn’t taking with extra judicial killings to the militants. Yet, hadn’t taken in front of trial to the shelter men (those who were patron to the militants) of militants. Money sources of militants are still hide.

As a journalist, writer & human rights defender I have been working since 1989. I wrote four books about Islamic militancy, extra judicial killings, and state torture. The books are ‘15 hours in total Darkness’ ‘extra judicial killings and Revenge’ Militant Godfathers and other issues’ and ‘From Udichi to Pilkhana’. My new book in English language ‘Struggle for Peace’ about minority and indigenous oppression, democracy, peace and Islamic militancy, extra judicial killings, state torture will be publish very soon.
Sample of my recent write-up:
Please visit and see the bellows links about peace and democracy in Bangladesh (which were published in the oldest Bengali national daily Sangbad,
Bangladesh) (20-09-2009) (21-08-2009) (17-8-2009) (9-8-2009) (31.7.2009) (16.07.2009) (26.06.2009)

I worked for Ekushey Television, the Dainik Bangla, the Banglar Bani, The daily Ajker Kagoj, DW-Radio (Bengali service), Associated Press of Bangladesh, first 24 hours news private tV station CSB News and the daily Sangbad. At present I am the Editor of press freedom and human rights news portall in Bangladesh ‘The Human Rights Today’. I have completed B.A (Hons.), M.A in Philosophy from Philosophy department and Post Graduate Diploma in Civic Journalism from Mass Communication and Journalism department of Rajshahi University in Bangladesh.
When I worked as a TV reporter in Bangladesh, I made several investigative report and many report aired in first 24 hours news channel in Bangladesh CSB News. Though, later army backed caretaker government was closed the TV by an administrative order. These are Investigative report on extra judicial killings, Islamic militancy & Minority torture in Bangladesh. These reports were made by myself. For this reason, I was implicated political motivated false multiple cases and illegally arrested, brutal tortured and detained. Recently I was uploaded some video documentary regarding extra judicial killings, Islamic militancy and Minority torture. Here I want to mention that, I was implicated false fabricated charges and political motivated several cases and also illegally arrested, brutal tortured and detained by Bangladesh Army (RAB). Still I have been facing two political motivated false cases.
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Bangladesh has failed to introduce credible mechanisms for accountability and performance at all levels of the administration. There is a common consensus that very poor governance, corruption and nepotism have severely undermined the rule of law including safeguards in the constitution to protect fundamental rights. Actually in practice there are no human rights.
Bangladesh is one of the over populated country in the world. Bangladesh has passed his around 38 years since independence. Bangladesh couldn’t confirm the trial of war criminals and hasn’t given the punished of self declared killers of the Bangabondhu murderer. Bangladesh every day is struggling himself with poverty. Other more problems have like human rights, corruption, democracy, rule of law, discrimination, education, housing, food, cloths, natural disasters, Islamic militancy, conspiracy, colonial rule, good governance, peace and justice etc.
The Peoples Republic of Bangladesh was liberated on 16th December, 1971 after a nine (9) months war with Pakistan. Though the war was of 9 months but the people struggled for a long time of about 23 years to establish their right and autonomy. Misgoverning of Pakistan creates disparity among the Bangalee (East Pakistan) and West Pakistan. The ruler of Pakistan failed to co-operate with the leadership of Bangalee people.

The Bangalees were determined to establish their autonomy. They woned the general election held in December, 1970 with the leadership of Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and have got absolute majority. But the ruler of Pakistan and some of their leaders of West Pakistan refused to hand over the power to the elected persons and attacked the general people of Bengali speaking and their leaders.

The leader of the Bangalee people Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence of People Republic of Bangladesh on 26th March, 1971 and the liberation war started 30 lacs of Bangalee people were killed, two lacs of women were raped, lacs of house, establishments were destroyed and the Bangladesh was established over the ruins.

The vision of the people at the time of liberation was to establish a democratic, happy, prosperous Bangladesh which will be called ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bangla). It was also the commitment of the father of the nation Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But it is not fulfilled yet though it was possible if we would try to reach the goal unitedly. Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed within three years and a half after independence and other four national leaders also were killed.

In 1975, the military occupied the control of Bangladesh which was continued up to 1991 in different names and different ways. Then after a long demonstration parliamentary form of government established in 1991 though we can say that the actual sound democracy didn’t established yet.
In January of 2007 again military had taken the control of Bangladesh in the name of caretaker government. After around two years Bangladesh has got taken democratic government after a fresh general election. Though, in the name of democracy Bangladesh has been controlling. Actual democracy and peace is a golden dear in Bangladesh. The human rights are being hampered in different ways.
Another big problem is that, Bangladesh was spent around 17 years under military rule. For the first time democracy was restored in 1990 after a public revolution. But, after gross political violence Bangladesh went under military rule on last 11th January, 2007. Bangladesh has gotten again freedom from military rule by the election on 29th December, 2009. In spite of, Bangladesh has been criticized for its human rights record. Still extra judicial killings, journalist’s repression, and minority torture has been going on.
In the period of last elected government headed by Begum Khaleda Zia many people were killed extra judicially by the government forces. The people of opposition and minority people were also tortured-killed indifferent issues and ways in different times, their wealth were looted and some of them were also disposed of their property and from their house even.

In the regime of BNP-Jammat government many prominent personalities were killed and many of them were tortured. After that a neutral caretaker government headed by the President professor Iajuddin Ahmed formed for a period of three months whose role was in support of Khaleda-Nizami alliance for that reason Bangladesh Awami League alliance started movement against that caretaker government and in front of huge political disorder Army got opportunity of it and take over power in the name of another caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed violating the constitution of Bangladesh.
The so-called caretaker government dominated Bangladesh for a term of about two years which was total violation of the constitution. In this regime this autocratic government banded some rights of the people grantee in constitution. They arrested many political leaders, journalists, businessmen, Ngo workers, professors, students, civil officials, and started cases with physical and mental tortured. The country was again fall into economic crisis and the poor people were suffered seriously in different ways.

Recently in last January the newly elected government formed headed by Sheikh Hasina getting 3/4th majority in the parliament. The expectation of the people is very high to the new elected government. Just after one month of framing the government, we had to face a big problem. In the head quarter of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) 75 persons (women) were killed including 58 Army high officials. Many women’s were raped by the killers.

Some unruly BDR killed their chief and other high officials which was a crucial time for the government. The investigation is not completed about this happening. There is a gossip that some Islamic militant organizations or people might behind this happenings. The bruit majority in the parliament is also creating some problems. In some places the workers of the ruling party are violating rules and order for previous enmity and in some place to earn some benefit.
Torture is a common feature in Bangladesh. Now torture has become institutionalized. In Bangladesh, it has become common for extrajudicial killings to be sanitized under the names of “crossfire” or “encounter” by law-enforcing agencies. A culture of impunity has also been a common practice by the state since 1975. Here, extrajudicial killings by the joint security forces continue unabated. It was a commitment of the present government to stop the extra judicial killings though it is not ended till now.
The Human Rights Today

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