15 October 2016, Sat

Awami League sets the worst example of human rights violation in Bangladesh

The human right situation of a country reveals its real status in perspective of civilization and modesty. In that context, we are at the last end of the bottom. Renowned scholar Gettel had said, “In a state of nature real liberty for all would be impossible. But what would happen if the state becomes the prime obstruction to the citizen rights. Under such worst consequence, people’s basic rights are taken away and the law and the judiciary face ultimate collapse. Even before coming to the office, Awami League initiated its worst culture of human rights violation. Immediate after the independence through the liberation war of 1971, Awami League came into the power as the first government. Coming to the power for the maiden time in those days, Awami League commenced its ill practices like terrorism, corruption, looting and extortion and also launched a new trend of violating human rights by oppressing the dissident forces. News of such massive irregularities was published in the newspaper of those days.  

Noted journalist Anthony Macarenhas mentioned in his famous book ‘Legacy of Blood’ that, “the entire situation became horrible due to terrorism, looting and vindictive activities of the armed terrorist groups. After the liberation war, Sheikh Mujib formed an elite para-military force formed on 8 February 1972 by an order commonly known as 'Jatiyo Rakkhi Bahini Act, 1972' X. It was an auxiliary force of police which turned into a private army loyal only to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Professor Ghulam Murshid compared it with Gestapo, while Anthony Mascarenhas said that there were a few differences between Hitler's Nazis and Mujib's Jatiyo Rakkhi Bahini. This force had been utilized to conduct crackdown against the dissident section who tried to say a few words against Sheikh Mujib.

The massive usage of arms and ammunition between the force in position and the opposition, general masses experienced extreme insecurity. According to Brigadier Monju, he and his team were able to recover 33,000 arms and 3.8 millions of ammunition from six districts. By the end of 1973, the number of political murder exceeded 2 thousand.

Coming to the power in 2008, Awami League again breeched the human rights of the people severely. The party, this time initiated its journey of violating human rights through the barbaric incident of 20th October, 2006. People around the world witnessed that brutality of the ruling party men through print and electronic media. Though verbally, Awami League is extremely vocal about protecting and preserving human rights but practically they failed show minimum respect towards the human rights of the 160 million people.

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