“Bangladesh [needs] to act now to halt an increasing number of enforced disappearances in the country – United Nations”
The military of Bangladesh has been plucking criminals, political oppositionists and Islamist militants from the streets, which has led to an investigation by the United Nations. Since the election of the new Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League, there have been over 320 unlawfully detained people, and some of them have completely disappeared. Of the 90 people who disappeared last year, 21 have been killed and the other nine are still missing. One kidnapping was so blatant that the victim’s wife and children witnessed unidentified men walk into their house and take Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem. The United Nations called for action on this incident, but the missing cases are quickly growing and the Bangladesh government has responded to this as a treatment to terrorism. Human Rights Watch published an article discussing the disappearances, and in response to the article the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan responded defensively. Mr. Khan insulted the victim’s families and degraded the businessmen of Bangladesh and falsely claimed the United Nations had no concerns. The New York Times editorial board states, “If Mr. Khan respects the United Nations, his government should invite the organization’s human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, to conduct an investigation”. This is the only way the Government can face it’s people and tell them honestly there is no problem.