70 Cases Of Disappearances Still Unsolved In Bangladesh: UN

United Nations Commission on Human Rights logo || Photo: Collected

United Nations Commission on Human Rights logo || Photo: Collected

The United Nations has said that 70 cases of disappearances in Bangladesh have not yet been resolved. A total of 88 cases of disappearances were sought from the government from the agency. Among them, 5 people are detained and 10 people are free, according to the government.

The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance in Bangladesh has given this latest information. The United Nations Human Rights Commission has stated the entire matter in a statement.

According to the notice, UN experts are reviewing more than 3,000 cases of enforced disappearances in 36 countries. The 54th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is currently underway in Geneva on disappearances. The session which started on September 11 will continue till October 6. This information has been highlighted in the Bangladesh section of the annual report on disappearances.

According to the report, WGEID applauded Bangladesh for continuing to communicate about the disappearance. Along with this, in the 130th session, the government is responding to the cases of disappearances. However, WGEID has expressed concern about harassment and intimidation of members of the country's human rights organizations for reporting on the disappearances.

According to the report, among families of missing persons, human rights activists, and civil society organizations working on behalf of WGEID, the government must protect them from any form of threats and intimidation. Along with this, measures should be taken to protect the rights of relatives of missing persons to compensation and disclosure of information.

On March 12, 2013, the government was approached by WGEID to send a representative to Bangladesh to investigate the allegations of disappearances. Later on, we contacted several times in this regard, but no response was received from the government. WGEID hopes to receive a positive response from the Government of Bangladesh soon.

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