The United Nations Working Group on Disappearances wants to visit Bangladesh to investigate the allegations of disappearances. In the discussion on the annual report of the working group on disappearances at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, the head of the group, Lucianko Hazan, said that the allegations against the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bangladesh were discussed in the 125th session of the working group. Human rights organizations are being unfairly pressured.
Lucianko Hazan also said that Bangladesh should follow the recommendations made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet after her visit to Bangladesh last month.
He said that the United Nations Working Group on Disappearances has requested the government for permission to visit Bangladesh. Giving that permission is important.
The Working Group on Disappearances from around the World presented its report to the Human Rights Council. During the discussion about that report, the representatives of some private human rights organizations mentioned the name of Bangladesh in their speech. A representative of the ASEAN Legal Resource Center highlighted the non-renewal of the Charter of Rights as an NGO. He alleged that human rights activists are being harassed after Michelle Bachelet’s visit.
A representative of The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development said, disappearances are a political reality in South Asia. The report of the Working Group on Disappearances praised Bangladesh’s provision of information on allegations of disappearances. However, Bangladesh still has a lot of work to do.
Earlier, as a representative of the state, a Bangladeshi told the Human Rights Council, ‘We have taken the report of the working group into consideration. Bangladesh is committed to international human rights obligations. We are constructively engaged with the Working Group. We have provided information on almost all of the alleged missing persons. ‘
The representative of Bangladesh told the United Nations Human Rights Council, ‘In many cases, many victims of alleged disappearances have returned. However, the Bangladesh government is committed to finding the missing person in any case of disappearance. He also said, “We can see that many people are being abducted under the false identity of law and order security forces.” The government is following a policy of no concessions to law enforcement agencies. However, a section is terming all the disappearances as missing to denigrate the government and undermine the positive achievements of the government. ‘
Almost all Western countries expressed support for the Working Group on Disappearances at the Human Rights Council yesterday. Those countries have called for an investigation into any allegations of disappearances. However, some states have questioned the impartiality of the Working Group on Disappearances. Russia denies allegations of disappearances in Ukraine. China has expressed concern over the Guantanamo detention camp. Cuba has condemned the use of the UN human rights framework for political purposes. North Korea has urged UN bodies to respect state sovereignty and not interfere in internal affairs. Turkey’s representative denied the allegations of disappearance in his country. Afghanistan’s representative raised allegations of a spate of Taliban disappearances in his country.
The President of the United Nations Working Group on Disappearances said that this year is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Charter on Anti-Disappearances. This alarming trend continues despite the commitment of States to protect against disappearances.