May 2012

ধন্য আশা কুহকিনী তোমার মায়ায় অসার সংসার চক্র ঘোরে নিরবধি
ধন্য আশা কুহকিনী তোমার মায়ায় মুগ্ধ মানবের মন, মুগ্ধ ত্রিভুবন

I absolutely support and understand Mrs. Ali’s visit to the PM. Yes PM Hasina did tis to do politics with a battered family including a desperate wife, and three minor children. But on Mrs. Ali’s side, this family has to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the dear one. If that means going to the den of the devil, they would go.

I feel so bad for the children. The kids believe this PM is responsible for the disappearance of their father. Yet they are here begging for their father’s life. My heart breaks everytime I look at the stern face of the little daughter, her stern face with unmasked mixed emotion — ambivalence, hope against hope, fear, hate, discomfort.

It is a very unfair world. Very unfair.

Human Rights Watchdog, Human Rights Watch released this statement to express concern at growing number of enforced disappearances of opposition political leaders and activists.

The rise in disappearances, particularly of opposition members and activists, requires a credible and independent investigation. The government has taken no serious steps to ensure such an investigation of these disappearances nor to prevent them in the first place.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh: Alarming Rise in ‘Disappearances’

Government Needs to Account for Missing Opposition Figures

(New York) – The Bangladesh government should immediately order an independent and impartial investigation into the growing number of cases where opposition members and political activists have vanished without trace, Human Rights Watch said today. The most recent episode, on April 17, 2012, involved Elias Ali, secretary of the Sylhet Division of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).