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23 August, 2019 12:41:58 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 August, 2019 12:21:51 PM
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Defender of law has become predator: TIB

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Defender of law has become predator: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB's) executive director, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, has said that law enforcement agencies have direct or indirect connections with all anomalies happening in the country. He made the allegation at a press conference, organised by the Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) at the DRU yesterday. The press conference wanted implementation of recommendations of the UN committee against torture. Iftekharuzzaman said: "I am not hesitating to say that you can't find any crime with which members of our law enforcement agencies are not involved -- directly or indirectly. Law enforcement agencies have some kind of communication and involvement, coercion, direct and indirect involvement with all kinds of irregularities”.

"We are in a place where the keepers of law are predators of law. But we never say that there are no honest officers in the police force or law enforcement agencies. There are many of them. Some of them have already set a positive example and have been awarded nationally and internationally,” he added. 'Besides, we see that a section of law enforcement agencies is behaving as if they are not keepers of the law, but predators. If this trend continues, if it is not effectively resisted, the name 'law enforcement agencies' may have to be changed to 'law enforcement breaking agencies'. We do not want to see that happen,” said Iftekharuzzaman.

No one wants to see law enforcement agency members playing such a role, he said. The United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), in its concluding observations, has

recommended giving importance, among others, on the political will to properly address the issue. There should be an unambiguous pledge from the state’s top level and its effective implementation, he added.

Apart from departmental probe into allegations against law enforcement agency members, there should be objective and independent investigation as well, he said. He also stressed the need for conducting a judicial probe. “We want to prosecute members of law enforcement agencies involved in irregularities,” he said. The TIB director said allegations levelled against law enforcement agencies should be the object of investigation.

“We see that there are departmental investigations and the highest punishment is that the accused is either closed or transferred or retired.  There must be a judicial inquiry”.

He also urged the government to take up a time-bound action plan to implement recommendations made by the UN body to address custodial and other forms of torture by law enforcement agency members.

The programme was chaired by executive member of TIB, ZI Khan Panna.

Panna said human rights are violated by the state and law enforcement agencies. Human rights activists are not secure.

People are disappearing, but there is no one to open his mouth.

On behalf of the HRFB, it has been said that on August 9 the UN observation committee recommended 77 final recommendations against torture during a recent session (CAT) in Geneva. It has said that three issues have been indicated and the government has been asked to illustrate the development by creating a report.

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