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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).