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Oct. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Human Rights and Development for
Bangladesh (HRDB) today organized a seminar at the New York Hilton Midtown VIP room that evaluated the performance of the Bangladesh Government led by Sheikh Hasina.
Taking part in the discussion US attorney
Martin F. McMahon stated that
Bangladesh's democracy is in crisis under the pressure of state brutality and human rights violations. In response to these human rights violations, a submission has been made to the International Criminal Court (ICC)
on June 27, 2013 in
Washington, DC. It implicates members of the
Bangladesh government and state security in crimes against humanity, petitioning the ICC to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
Bangladesh became a state party to the ICC Treaty on
March 23, 2010.
Identified violations include
extrajudicial executions, and mass murder. Cases include that of newspaper editor
Mahmudur Rahman, reported by
Amnesty International; the police abduction of
Shukhoranjan Bali, a defense witness of the
discredited International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), reported by
Human Rights Watch; and the abduction and execution of
Aminul Islam, a labour rights organizer, reported by
Amnesty International. Mass murder cases include the massacre of at least dozens of protesters by police on
February 28, 2013. Also crucial to mention is the massacre of Hefazat-e-Islam protesters in
May 5 and 6.
Mr. McMahon informed that he wrote a letter to Secretary Kerry requesting a travel ban that implicates leaders, including the Prime Minister and Home Minister, and those who directly participated in violations including
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Mehdi Hasan of
Dhaka Police Motijhil district and
Pradip Das of Chittagong Patchlaish Police Station. Mr. McMahon asked that these egregious violators be barred the privilege of entering
the United States, in keeping with the United Nations Convention against Torture and the Immigration and Nationalization Act.
Also present, Dr.
M. Nakib Rahman stated that the Hasina government has crippled the economy by sponsoring corruption including the
share market scam,
Padma bridge corruption,
Hall Mark scam, etc. The nation's garment workers face abuse and dire neglect, the key industry in textiles suffers. Dr.
Abid Bahar told that
Bangladesh is heading towards fascism under this government. Abu Samiha Sirajus Islam said that the Hasina government also violated religious rights.
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