14 September 2021, Tue, 9:41

Acting Secretary General urges people to raise voice for restoring democratic rights

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami's Acting Secretary General Maulana ATM Masum has issued the following statement on 14 September, 2021 marking International Day of Democracy which is going to be observed on 15 September.

International Day of Democracy is going to be observed tomorrow on 15 September. Right now, there is no existence of democracy and freedom of speech in Bangladesh. People of Bangladesh are continuously becoming the victims of human rights violations and notorious crimes like murder, abduction, kidnapping and rapes. In recent times, Human Rights Watch and various other human rights watchdogs have expressed concern about the poor and deteriorating human rights situation of Bangladesh. British foreign and Commonwealth office in a 2020 report, have expressed due concern about the deteriorating human rights situation of Bangladesh and included this country among 32 countries of the world where human rights situation is really alarming.

Actually Bangladesh has become a land without democracy. Nothing is there called citizen and democratic rights. The government has seized all the fundamental rights of the people including voting rights, freedom of speech, rights to movement etc. The authorities are arresting those people who are criticizing government's misrule and massive corruption. Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has become the worst victim of government's repression during this tenure. Recently, the authorities have arrested Jamaat's central leaders including its Secretary General. Leaders and activists of other opposition parties are also being arrested. Denying the high court directives, people are being taken into police remand repeatedly for days after days.

Under the circumstances, I am urging the fellow countrymen to secure their democratic rights and also to raise voice against the undemocratic actions, tortures and repressions of the government.