UN human rights professionals have expressed their deep situation on the failure of the Bangladeshi government to complete an investigation into the homicide of prominent reporters Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi and convey the perpetrators to justice, says a press launch of UN.
“A decade after the killing of the 2 newshounds, there’s nevertheless no justice as a result of an appalling and pervasive subculture of impunity in Bangladesh,” stated the specialists on the tenth anniversary of the brutal killing.
Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi have been stabbed to dying in their home in the front in their 5-year-vintage son on 12 February 2012. It is broadly believed that the couple were focused due to their investigative reporting on corruption in Bangladesh’s strength region which they have been about to put up.
“We urge the government to behavior and whole spark off, thorough, independent and effective investigations and bring perpetrators to justice for the murder of Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi and other killings of newshounds and human rights defenders in Bangladesh,” the click launch delivered.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) became tasked by means of the High Court to investigate the case in 2012. On 24 November 2021, the Court demanded for the 84th time that RAB have to submit its findings. It has still not executed so.
“When crimes in opposition to journalists cross unpunished, they embolden the perpetrators and encourage more attacks, threats and killings with the purpose of intimidating the media into silence. We see those deeply traumatic signs in Bangladesh,” stated the professionals.
At least 15 newshounds have been killed in Bangladesh within the beyond decade. The UN specialists have acquired numerous reports of journalists, human rights defenders, and participants of civil society enterprises being arbitrarily detained, attacked, abducted, threatened on line and offline, and subjected to judicial harassment.
The incidents appear to be not often investigated or prosecuted. In a few cases, nearby authorities are notion to be at once implicated inside the assaults.
Allegations introduced to the eye of the government of Bangladesh through the UN experts regularly have long gone unanswered.
No reaction became ever obtained from the authorities to a letter sent by UN professionals following the murder of Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi in 2012.
The experts expressed situation that the trial for the deadly shooting of journalist and human rights defender Abdul Hakim Shimul in February 2017, allegedly by means of the then mayor of Shahzadpur, has been repeatedly delayed.
Currently, it has been placed on a live order by way of the High Court, with all the accused on bail.
The experts additionally recalled the loss of life in custody in February 2021 of the writer Mushtaq Ahmed, following 9 months in pre-trial detention on expenses under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for publishing an editorial criticising the authorities’s pandemic reaction.
The authorities didn’t conduct an independent and impartial research into his loss of life in custody, no matter the worries of his circle of relatives that Mr. Ahmed have been tortured while in police custody, and that there was a 3-hour postpone in admitting him to hospital once he fell ill. Instead, an internal committee set up by using the home ministry concluded his demise changed into herbal, with out investigating the family’s claims. UN experts obtained no reaction from the government when they raised their worries approximately his dying in custody.
“Journalism ought to now not bring the inherent risk of being attacked, intimidated or killed with impunity but unfortunately that is the current fact for lots newshounds, human rights defenders and different members of civil society in Bangladesh,” said the professionals.