Friday, December 24, 2010

Article by CNN iReport

December 22, 2010 | Dhaka, Bangladesh |

Bangladesh Govt violated rules & tortured on MP Salauddin Q. Chowdhury with abusive Power:

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Prominent Opposition Party Leader, Mr. Salauddin Q. Chowdhury has been arrested without warrant and tortured brutally by the Bangladesh Security Forces and Bangladesh Government since 16th December 2010.
MP Salauddin Q. Chowdhury’s fundamental human rights have been violated. MP was illegally tortured before any trial without prosecution. The media is being pressured to speak against him and articles demonizing him which is a huge humiliation for a Opposition Party Leader Salauddin Q. Chowdhury & Other Members of Party. The government is not cooperating with anything but charging him with false allegation. Mr. Chowdhury is a long time respected standing committee Parliament Member. MP Salauddin Q. Chowdhury is son of Mr. Fazlul Quader Chowdhury was the 5th speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He belonged to Ayub Khan's Convention Muslim League.He was also the acting President of Pakistan from time to time when Ayub Khan left the country.His elder brother Fazlul Kabir Chowdhury was the leader of the opposition in Pakistan.Quader was Preceded by Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan of Awami League.
Bangladeshi people should be aware about this brutality otherwise anyone can be victimized unjustly by an abusive power of a government. This unlawful action of Bangladesh Force who has been violated Universal Human Rights which resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind. The International Court Of justice should look into this extreme barbaric humiliation on MP before any trial and Bangladesh Governmentobligated under international human rights law, to protect all persons under its jurisdiction from torture. MP and his family need an answer from the Government and claiming for proper justice for this assault.
Here is the Report of Amnesty International:
Amnesty International is calling on the Bangladeshi government to immediately investigate allegations that a MP for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been tortured while in police custody.
Bangladeshi security forces have tortured Salauddin Quader Chowdhury during interrogations, Amnesty International has learned. This has included applying electrodes to his genitals, beating him, slitting his stomach with razors and twisting his toenails and fingernails with pliers. There are fears that he may face further torture or other ill-treatment.

“The Bangladeshi government must ensure that Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is protected and treated properly and that these very serious allegations of torture are investigated,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh researcher.

“In particular, the authorities must ensure that he has access to the necessary specialist medical attention, including by independent doctors.”
“In particular, the authorities must ensure that he has access to the necessary specialist medical attention, including by independent doctors.”
Chowdhury was arrested on 16 December in connection with a case in which a private car was set alight in Dhaka on 26 June, killing a passenger. On 19 December, the International Crimes Tribunal, a Bangladeshi court, issued an arrest warrant against him for alleged crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, a combined force of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) police, and the Directorate-General Foreign Intelligence (DGFI) arrested Chowdhury in the early hours of 16 December at an apartment in the Banani neighbourhood in Dhaka.
Family members who were allowed to see him earlier today, told Amnesty International that Chowdhury reported that security forces came prepared with torture equipment as well as with a physician, and proceeded to torture him for several hours.
He told his family that he lost consciousness three times during the ordeal, and the doctor present revived him. However, when his condition deteriorated under interrogation, he was taken to the Bangabandhu Medical Hospital for treatment.
Video footage from the hospital grounds show Chowdhury weak, in pain, unable to walk on his own and with an apparent blood stain on his shirt.
Chowdhury is 63 years old. He has suffered three heart attacks and has several cardiac stents.

“Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the allegations, and considers the reported torture of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, as of any other human being, wholly unacceptable,” said Abbas Faiz.