Abdul Quader Mollah execution is the first for crimes related to the country’s 1971 war of independence.
It is widely anticipated that the Bangladesh government will execute opposition politician Abdul Qader Mollah tomorrow. His trial, and the trials of others in the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal has been mired in controversy and corruption.
In their latest investigative report, Odhikar explores the case of Hefazate Islam, an apolitical group drawing from Bangladesh’s religious seminary classes who have been involved in protests in recent months. Odhikar considers the roots of Hefazate’s discontent that led to their protest and the disproportionately brutal government crackdown upon the protesters.
Throughout the day, Bangladeshis everywhere are whispering, or clamouring, about a massacre at Motijheel, the commercial district of Dhaka. In the absence of a free, responsible media and the denial of the right to gather (a Section 144 has been issued), established narratives struggle to make sense alongside social experience. In this article, we bear witness to these reports, especially as the Bangladeshi government has effectively enforced a curfew, shutting down any media other than those towing its party line.
7th May 2013
The Muslim Council of Britain observes emerging reports of mass shootings of religious protesters in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, in the early hours of Monday morning. It is alleged that police fired live rounds on to protestors with little provocation. With a government enforced media-blackout underway, the true extent of the atrocity is being suppressed. British Bangladeshis, second largest Muslim community in UK, have approached the Muslim Council to ensure the truth prevails.
As Unrest Escalates, Reign in Security Forces; Opposition Should Condemn Attacks on Police
With new protests planned in the coming days, the Bangladeshi government should ensure that the security forces immediately end their practice of using excessive force against protesters. The government should appoint an independent commission to investigate the deaths of dozens of protesters, including children, since large-scale street protests began in February, and prosecute anyone responsible for unlawful killings and use of force.