Might is right rule tramples human rights, roundtable told

Might is right rule tramples human rights, roundtable told

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Speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka city on Tuesday underscored the need for strong national unity to free the nation from the curse of political intolerance and make the fundamental human rights of the people meaningful.
They said that opposition political activists were facing threats of existence because of the politics of intolerance so much so that even in the month of victory they are not enjoying the benefits of independence achieved through sacrifice of blood of lakhs of lives.The roundtable on human rights in the backdrop of politics of intolerance was organised by the Bangladesh Labour Party to mark the month of victory at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Tuesday with party president Mustafizur Rahman Iran in the chair.
Alamgir Mohiuddin editor daily Naya Diganta was the chief guest at the roundtable while Mostafa Kamal Majumder, editor GreenWatch Dhaka, Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan Khokan, Advocate Tajul Islam, Deputy publicity and research secretary of BNP Habibur Rahman Habib, and Advocate Anjumanara Begum were present as special guests.
Mustafizur Rahman Iran said that the opposition political leaders were being eliminated through killing, abduction and other repressive measures including filing of false cases, arrests and detentions. There was no respite even in the month of victory making the sacrifice of blood in the war of liberation meaningless, he said.
He demanded punishment of all killers of 1971 including those operating under the banner of the ruling party. The people would not accept the revival of misrule that followed the liberation of Bangladesh the labour party chief said demanding an independent war crimes tribunal on which all people can repose trust.
Referring to the Supreme Court decision for reivew of judgement coming from the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) he asked who would take the responsibility for the hanging of Abdul  Quader Mollah before exhausting the process of review of verdict.
He said that the people want a livable atmosphere in independent Bangladesh for which the martyrs sacrificed their lives.
Alamgir Mohiuddin said that the people were tired of propaganda that was being pursued in line with Hitler’s minister Goebbels to make people accept falsehood as truth. He said quoting Bertrand Russell that ignorance about democratic rights was the biggest threat to democracy in the country now.
He advised the political leadership to make use of modern information and communication technology to make their campaigns successful. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was following the ideal of Hinduism for 40 years, and made profuse use of Twitter and achieved success, he said.
Mostafa Kamal Majumder called for awareness about the dictatorship of the all-powerful executive branch of the government which under mined the freedom of the legislature and the judiciary thus jeopardising the fundamental rights of the people.
He said under the present parliamentary system the legislature is controlled by the executive which again controls the appointment and promotion of judges. Of late the power of dismissal of judges has also been vested in the executive through the legislature. Under tyranny of the executive which totally controls the administration fundamental rights of the people are the natural casualty, he said adding that the opposition should have full vigilance on the ruling party to plan their own activities to safeguard fundamental rights and democracy.
Ahmed Ajam Khan said that violation of human rights and plunder of resources started in the country soon after the liberation of Bangladesh. Now again in the name of the spirit of the war of liberation plunder of national wealth had resumed, he said.
Khan who is also adviser to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia said that the government set up a court for Khaleda at the Alia Madrasah, but the Prime Minister did not face as many as 13 cases despite those being supported by back cheque evidences. How on earth the judge of the court can give verdict  neutrally as judge Motahar Hossain had to flee the country to escape repression after acquitting Tarique Rahman of charges.
He questioned the jurisdiction of the Anti-corruption Commission to filed cases related to the Zia Charitable Trust and the Zia Orphanage Trust because these cases could be filed under the trust law. But the cases are fabricated and filed by a commission which had given clean cheat in 1600 people of the ruling party including a former railway minister whose Taka 70 lakh bribe money was caught due to brave move by a car driver.
Advocate Tajul Islam called for changing mindset before waging movement to end the reign of might is right in the country. He said that the opposition leaders should be strong and vocal in their stands on the war crimes trial which he said suffered from procedural defects and the Shahbagh manch which cannot be accepted under the law of the land.
He said that AL workers of even Union level are treated as above law whereas opposition workers cannot even hold a meeting or take out a procession. Unders such circumstances human rights have turned into a farce. Without taking a bold position the situation would not change he said adding that the youth force was the only hope for the country to fight for the restoration of human rights.
Comrade Saif Ahmed of Samyabadi Dal said that the AL-led government was destroying democracy in the country by denying the people of their fundamental rights. He said that the ruling party should find the fault for the killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman within itself, as its leaders made the conspiracy and took the benefits of the killing. – Staff Reporter

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