সংবিধান সমকামিদের অধিকারের পক্ষে : দীপু মনি

বাংলাদেশের সংবিধানে লেসবিয়ান, গে, বাইসেক্সুয়াল ও ট্রান্সজেন্ডার মানুষদের (সংক্ষেপে এলজিবিটি) অধিকার সংরক্ষণের স্বীকৃতিদানের কথা বলা হয়েছে বলে জানিয়েছেন পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী দীপুমণি।

গত এপ্রিল মাসে জেনেভায় অনুষ্ঠিত ইউনিভার্সাল পিরিয়ডিক রিভিউতে তিনিএ তথ্য জানান।

তিনি আরো বলেন, সাংবিধানিকভাবে তাদের সমঅধিকার ও স্বাধীনতা দেয়ার কথা বলা হয়েছে ।

বিডি নিউজ ২৪ ডট কম-এ প্রকাশিত রেইনার এবার্টের “সমকামিতা : ধারণা বনাম বাস্তবতা” শিরোনামের এক নিবন্ধে এ তথ্য প্রকাশ করা হয়।

নিবন্ধে আরো বলা হয়,কয়েক মাস আগে জাতীয় মানবাধিকার কমিশনের চেয়ারম্যান মিজানুর রহমান বন্ধু ওয়েলফেয়ার সোসাইটির একটি অনুষ্ঠানে ঘোষণা দেন যে, জাতীয় আইন কমিশনের সহায়তায় তার কমিশন একটি আইনের খসড়া তৈরির কাজ করছে যেটি ব্যক্তির যৌনজীবনের কারণে তার প্রতি বৈষম্য নিষিদ্ধ করবে।

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India: Protect Bangladesh War Crimes Trial Witness: HRW

Abducted in Bangladesh, Now Detained in India, Risk of Death if Returned

(New York) – The authorities in India and Bangladesh should take all necessary steps to protect Shukhoranjan Bali, a long-missing witness in the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said today.

Bali, a Bangladeshi national, claims he was abducted by the Bangladeshi police from the entrance to the ICT courthouse, detained in Bangladesh, then forced by Bangladeshi security forces across the border into India, where he claims he was detained and tortured by the notorious Border Security Force (BSF) before being held in Kolkata’s Dum Dum jail.

“The apparent abduction of a witness in a trial at the ICT is a cause for serious concern about the conduct of the prosecution, judges and government,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Among many questions is who ordered the abduction, and how senior the officials involved were.”

Bali was due to appear to give evidence as a defense witness before the ICT, a court expressly set up to try people suspected of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. He had previously been listed as a prosecution witness. Bali claims that on November 5, 2012, he was abducted by people in plainclothes at the gates of the ICT, put into a police van, and then taken away to the offices of the police.

Witnesses present at the courthouse claimed to have seen the abduction.

Defense complaints to the ICT led to the judges asking for the prosecution, rather than an independent body, to investigate the allegations. The prosecution returned to the court and denied the defense allegations entirely, saying that there had been no abduction, despite eyewitnesses. The judges ordered no further investigation into Bali’s disappearance. No information about his whereabouts was made public and the government ignored calls to set up an investigation. The attorney general, testifying on a habeas corpus petition filed on Bali’s behalf, stated that the abduction claim had been made to bring the court into disrepute – but offered no evidence for this assertion.

Bali had been expected to counter prosecution allegations about the involvement of Delwar Hossain Sayedee in the 1971 murder of Bali’s brother. Saydeee has since been sentenced to hang, in part for the murder of Bali’s brother.

Bali claims that he was abducted at the courthouse by police, held in government custody for several weeks, and then pushed across the border to India. Human Rights Watch has documented how the BSF routinely kills Bangladeshis who cross the border illegally. In April, Bali was sentenced by an Indian court to 110 days in jail for entering the country illegally. He has already completed his term but is still in jail.

Human Rights Watch learned in March that Bali was in Dum Dum jail in Kolkata, but did not make the information public pending meeting Bali to ensure that he thought this would not jeopardize his safety. Human Rights Watch is releasing this background after the Bangladesh newspaper, New Age, made this information public on May 15.

India should not return Bali to Bangladesh until he is interviewed by the Indian office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which can determine if he wishes to claim asylum and whether he is a refugee. If he does not wish to claim asylum, or his asylum claim is rejected, India should still not return him to Bangladesh when there is a real risk to his life or of his suffering ill-treatment if he returns there.

“Those involved in his abduction may have assumed Bali would be killed by the Indian Border Security Force when he was pushed into India, or that he would permanently disappear,” Adams said. “There is a real risk to Bali if he is returned to Bangladesh, as he could expose those involved in his abduction. Bali needs access to an independent lawyer and UNHCR so that he can make an informed decision about whether it is safe to return to Bangladesh.”

Video suggests higher Bangladesh protest toll : Al Jazeera

Video footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to contradict official death toll from May 6 violence in Dhaka.

Last Modified: 14 May 2013 16:47

Al Jazeera has obtained video footage suggesting that the Bangladesh government has been providing inaccurate death tolls from recent violence.

According to official figures, 11 people had died during fighting between police and protesters from Hifazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group, on May 6, a day protesters refer to as the “Siege of Dhaka”.

Human Rights Watch, a US-based rights group, said that the exact number of deaths resulting from the protests are “unclear”.

Bangladesh FM Dipu Moni

“Independent news sources put the figure at approximately 50 dead, with others succumbing to injuries later,” HRW said in a statement on Saturday.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dipu Moni downplayed reports of inaccuracy in government figures.

“There can always be an inquiry, there can always be an investigation,” said Moni.

“The government or most of the people in the country doesn’t even think that there was any controversy with the matter,” she added.

Abdul Jalil, a deaf and mute grave digger at Dhaka’s state-run cemetery, communicated that he buried 14 bodies of bearded men with gunshot wounds after the protest, all at night.

The rights group wants an independent inquiry to find out what happened once and for all.

Bangladesh: Independent Body Should Investigate Protest Deaths :HRW

Rolling Demonstrations Could Lead to Bloodbath Without Government Action

(New York) – The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately set up an independent commission to investigate the large numbers of deaths and injuries during the Hefazat-e-Islaam-led protests in Dhaka and elsewhere on May 5-6, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today.

The commission should also investigate violence that killed dozens in February, March, and April after protests and counter-protests broke out after the announcement of verdicts by the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

The exact number of deaths during the May 5-6 protest remains unclear, with figures ranging from the official government figure of 11 deaths to Hefazat’s estimate of thousands. Independent news sources put the figure at approximately 50 dead, with others succumbing to injuries later. The dead include several security personnel. Continue reading “Bangladesh: Independent Body Should Investigate Protest Deaths :HRW”

ঢাকা অবরোধ কর্মসূচী


* হেফাজতে ইসলাম কি পারবে রোদ বৃষ্টির মধ্যে অবরোধ চালিয়ে যেতে?
: ইনশাআল্লাহ পারবে, কারন ওরা অতি সাধারণ ধর্মপ্রাণ মুসলমান, রোদ বৃষ্টির সাথে যুদ্ধ করেই ওরা বড় হয়েছে।
* হেফাজতে ইসলাম কি খেয়ে না খেয়ে টিকে থাকতে পারবে?
: ইনশাআল্লাহ পারবে, কারন ওরা অর্ধাহারে অনাহারেও আল্লাহর উপর পূর্ণ আস্থা ও বিশ্বাস নিয়ে যুগের পর যুগ দ্বীনের খেদমত করে যাচ্ছে।
* ওরা কি হাসিনার রক্ষিবাহিনীর সামনে টিকে থাকতে পারবে?
ইনশাআল্লাহ পারবে, কেননা ওরা পার্থিব কোন স্বার্থ হাসিলের জন্য মাঠে নামেনি। ওরা জানে আল্লাহর পথে লড়াই করে মরলে শহীদ, বাঁচলে গাজীর গৌরব অর্জন করা যায়। ওরা গাজী হওয়ার জন্যই মাঠে নেমেছে, যদিও ওদের কাছে শাহাদাতের মৃত্যুই প্রিয়।

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ঢাকা অবরোধ কর্মসূচী বেশ জমেছে। বিকেল পর্যন্ত নির্বিঘ্নে যে এ অবরোধ চলবে তা নিশ্চিত। এখন চিন্তার বিষয় বিকেল শেষে নেতৃবৃন্দ কি সিদ্ধান্ত নেয়।
১) ঢাকা অবরোধ সফল হয়েছে বলে পরবর্তী কর্মসূচী ঘোষণা। (মূলত প্রাণবন্ত হয়েছে, সফল নয়। ১৩ দফা সরকার মেনে নিলে তবেই সফল বলা উচিত)
২। সরকার এখনো ১৩ দফা মেনে নেয়ার প্রতিশ্রুতি দেয় নি। তাই ১৩ দফা দাবীগুলো সরকারকে মানতে বাধ্য করতে ঢাকা ঘেরাও কর্মসূচী অনির্দিষ্ট কালের জন্য বলবৎ করা হলো। দাবী আদায় না হওয়া পর্যন্ত একজন মুমিন মুসলমান জীবিত ঘরে ফিরে যাবে না।
বন্ধুরা, আপনারা বলুন, কোন সিদ্ধান্তের সাথে আপনারা একমত?

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আমাদের লক্ষ্য ১৩ দফা দাবী আদায় আর সে লক্ষ্যেই আন্দোলন। তাই ভুলেও যেন আন্দোলনই লক্ষ্যবস্তুতে পরিণত হয়ে না যায়; আন্দোলন সফল, হরতাল সফল, অবরোধ সফল এমন হাস্যকর বক্তব্য যেন না আসে ১৩ দফা দাবী আদায় হওয়া পর্যন্ত।
-শাহরিয়ারের স্বপ্নবিলাস

Bangladesh: Righting historical wrongs

Bangladesh: Righting historical wrongs

Will addressing Bangladesh’s past struggle for independence serve to heal historical wounds or just erode its stability?

A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh is stirring up memories of the country’s painful split from Pakistan in 1971, during which anywhere up to three million people are thought to have been raped, tortured and murdered.

I think the current Awami League and its allies are bringing the country to the brink of a civil war … you can’t  run a democratic government and not let people protest things and then you fire at them …. because of the so-called war crimes trial which is under no international supervision. It is a political trial by a political party against some people who opposed the independence but they categorically deny any involvement in any of the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army.”Salman al-Azami, son of an accused former Jamaat-e-Islam leader

It is a dark chapter in the history of the two countries, which has never been fully addressed. And now the lingering anger is playing out on the streets of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, with days of rioting, soldiers on the streets, calls for a national strike – and a rising death toll.

Members of the Islamic opposition Jamaat-e-Islami are on trial, and potentially facing the death sentence. The party had campaigned against independence from Pakistan, but deny committing any atrocities during the war.

The nine-month long war was the climax of tensions between Bangladeshi nationalists and the Pakistani army. Eventually the Indian army intervened on the side of the Bangladeshi nationalists.

Bangladesh says three million people were killed during the conflict; Pakistan says the number was much lower.

In the four decades since the war, the country’s turbulent politics and repeated military coups have stood in the way of the delivery of justice. But when the Awami League, headed by Sheikh Hasina, won the 2008 national elections, setting up a war crimes tribunal was a large part of its campaign.

Established in 2010, the tribunal is trying 12 men for crimes against humanity. That they are mostly from Jamaat-e-Islami, which is strongly opposed to Hasina’s government, has drawn accusations that the trials are a politically convenient way of getting rid of opposition leaders.The tribunal has been plagued by accusations of foul play and government influence, but the country’s opinion is divided. When Abdul Qader Molla, one of the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to life in prison rather than death, hundreds of thousands of people protested to demand that he be hanged.But last week’s announcement that another Jamaat-e-Islami leader will be executed, led to further protests – this time by supporters of those on trial.As more sentences are announced, the violence is likely to continue.So, why are these trials taking place now? Can the country right these historical wrongs – and at what cost to its unity?Inside Story, with presenter Jane Dutton, speaks to: Salman al-Azami, the son of former Jamaat-e-Islam leader Ghulum Azam, who is one of those standing trial; Tridib Deb, the co-chairman of the Bangabandhu Lawyers Council, the head of the Awami League, and father of the current prime minister; and Palash Kamruzzaman, a fellow at Bath University and an analyst on Bangladeshi affairs.

সরকার চায় শিবির অস্ত্র হাতে তুলে নিক; আমরা চাই ধৈর্যের সাথে মোকাবেলা

নির্যাতনের মাত্রা কোন পর্যায়ে গেলে মানুষ স্বাধীনতার ডাক দেয়? কতটা রক্ত ঝড়লে মানুষ অস্ত্র হাতে তুলে নেয়? কেন বীর বাঙ্গালী স্বাধীনতার যুদ্ধ করেছিল? কেন বাঙ্গালী বিশ্বের অন্যতম সুসজ্জিত সেনাবাহিনীর বিরুদ্ধে রুখে দাড়িয়েছিল, অস্ত্র ধারণ করেছিল, লড়াই করেছিল এবং কুকুরের মতো তাড়িয়ে বাংলাদেশ ছাড়া করেছিল? আজ স্বাধীনতার ৪২ বছর পরে তেমনি এক প্রেক্ষাপটে দাড়িয়ে স্বাধীনতা আন্দোলনকে কিছুটা হলেও অনুভব করতে সক্ষম হচ্ছি।

আইন-শৃংখলা বলতে যা বোঝায় তার ছিটে ফোটাও অবশিষ্ট নেই বাংলাদেশে। পুলিশ নামের কুকুরের মতো ভয়ংকর নির্বোধ একটি বাহিনী আছে বাংলাদেশে যা প্রভূর ইশারায় নিমিষেই দন্ত-নখর ছড়িয়ে নির্দেশিত প্রতিপক্ষের ঘাড় মটকে দিতে পারঙ্গম। ন্যূনতম বুদ্ধি-বিবেচনা এখানে একেবারেই মূল্যহীন। প্রভূর পদলেহনেই ভক্তি, পদাঘাতেই মুক্তি। Continue reading “সরকার চায় শিবির অস্ত্র হাতে তুলে নিক; আমরা চাই ধৈর্যের সাথে মোকাবেলা”