Friday, May 11, 2007

Bangladesh vs. Human Rights

Damn, we live in a screwed up world. Bangladeshi security forces have just kidnapped investigative journalist Tasneem Khalil:
“We are extremely concerned about Tasneem Khalil’s safety,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “He has been a prominent voice in Bangladesh for human rights and the rule of law, and has been threatened because of that.” ...

In Bangladesh, security forces have long been implicated in torture and extrajudicial killings... To date, no military personnel are known to have been held criminally responsible for any of the deaths.

Ophelia Benson adds:
I know Tasneem... he's a fan of B&W and sends me links to his excellent articles; I think of him as a friend in Bangladesh... Bangladesh does not have a good record on this kind of thing - which is exactly what Tasneem has been reporting on - which is why they showed up at midnight and took him away. Make noise. If you have any way to make noise (blog, newspaper, captive audience, etc), make it. Spread it around.

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