ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, April 30, 2011
Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-023-2011
[RE: AHRC-UAU-016-2011: BANGLADESH: State agents allow army officer's relatives to rob off the house of a human rights defender; AHRC-UAU-013-2011: BANGLADESH: Army officer's father threatens to destroy home and establishments of a human rights defender's family]
BANGLADESH: Army officer’s family gouges eyes and torture after kidnapping Human Rights Defender FMA Razzak, who is going to die without treatment due to pressures from armed forces and intelligence agencies
ISSUES: Abuse of military power; death threat; land grabbing; violence against women; robbery; equality before law; rights of human rights defender; inaction of authorities; impunity; rule of law
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that human rights defender FMA Razzak is going to die without proper medical treatment due to tremendous pressures from the officials of the armed forces and intelligence agencies who have cordoned the whole area in plain cloth. Since 9:45AM today, 30 April 2011, Razzak is left on the floor of the Radiology Unit of the DMCH. The officers of the armed forces and the intelligence agencies have been trying to make sure that Razzak die without proper treatment.
On 29 April at around 10:30pm a group of armed men led by Mr. Kazal Sarder, younger brother Major Mustafizur Rahman Bokul, kidnapped Mr. Razzak from the Dhaka Bus Stand of Paikgachha along with Razzak’s younger brother and brother-in-law. The abductors put the three persons into a vehicle and took in a field adjacent of Major Mustafizur Rahman’s parent’s house. There Razzak and his brother Bodiuzzaman Bodiar were brutally tortured according to the instructions by the army officer, Major Bokul and the Officer-in-Charge (OC) Enamul Haque of the Paikgachha police. Both – army and police officers – asked the perpetrators to gouge the eyes of Razzak and torture him until death. Razzak, who was initially declared “dead” by Paikgachha hospital doctors, and his brother were denied adequate medical treatment in the hospitals in Khulna due to tremendous pressures from the military officers. Razzak and Bodiar are struggling for life in critical conditions.