BANGLADESH: Labour rights activist arbitrarily detained and charged in three fabricated cases

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-006-2011
ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest & detention, Impunity, Rule of law,

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Detective Branch of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police illegally arrested a female labour rights activist named Ms. Moshrefa Mishu (46) on 14 December 2010. She has been arbitrarily detained in three fabricated criminal charges since her arrest. Ms. Moshrefa Mishu, is a leftist political activist and President of the Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF), a labor rights organization of the readymade garment factories of the country. She has been ill-treated and threatened with death or disappeared while in detention. The police have shown her arrested in three fabricated cases and remanded her for three days on different occasions. Mishu’s health condition has deteriorated as a result of ill-treatment and the subsequent denial of adequate medical treatment by politically-motivated doctors while in detention. Please intervene in this case by insisting the Government of Bangladesh ensure the required treatment and her release from the arbitrary detention. 

CASE DETAILS: (Based on interviews with the victim, witnesses, lawyers and examination of relevant documents)

On 13 December 2010, at around 5pm in the afternoon two persons called Mishu on her cell phone. Both persons claimed that they were journalists. In two separate calls the callers said, “We need to interview you; please stay at home! We will come soon! Mishu’s family suspected that the callers were from the DGFI, who wanted to be sure that Mishu stayed at home for a probable arrest.  

On 14 December, early in the morning at around 1:15am a group of twelve plain-clothed armed people came to the house at 51/2 Kolabagan North Road under the jurisdiction of the Kalabagan police station in the city of Dhaka. The team, which included three women and nine men, was heavily armed. The police entered into the house forcefully and raided the premises without a search warrant. They asked for Ms. Moshrefa Mishu. When the family members of Mishu asked about the identity of the team they claimed that they were officials of Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). An audio interview of Moshrefa Mishu can be heard here

They started beating on the closed door of Mishu’s bedroom and tried to break the door. When the family members tried to resists the police officials shouted at them.

Meanwhile, Mishu opened the door and the policewomen entered into her bedroom and ordered her to go with them. Mishu asked them whether they had an arrest warrant and for the allegation against her. The police said that they did not have arrest warrant, but they had been dictated by the “upper level of the government” to arrest Mishu. They also warned that if Mishu did not follow the instructions of the police and “peacefully accompany them, they will use their utmost force” to take her with them. At this point, when Mishu’s sister Zebunneas Zebu attempted to call from her cell phone to check with some relevant government official regarding the matter one of the police officials had snatched the cell phone and verbally abused her.

Mishu requested the police to allow five minutes to get fresh and to get ready for the police custody. When she went to toilet the policewomen forcibly went inside the toilet with her. Mishu asked the police officials “How shall I use the toilet in your presence?” The police insisted her saying that “If you need to use toilet, you have to do it in our presence”. Mishu tried to get a hand bag with her and necessary clothes but the police officials did not allow her to take anything. The police even restricted Mishu to carry her medicine and “inhaler” that she needs urgently whenever she has breathing difficulties due to chronic bronchial asthma. The family members of Mishu humbly requested the police officials to allow Mishu, at least, to carry the emergency medicine and “inhaler” with her but the police denied permission.

The police officials came out of the house at around 1:30am and took her in a microbus of the DB police and started roaming here and there in the city. After roaming in the city for few hours they took her to the DB office at 36 Minto Road at around 5am.

At around 7am the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Nazrul Islam, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Muniruz Zaman, AC Nasir of the DB of the DMP started interrogating her in a room of the DB office. The interrogation continued until 2pm that afternoon.

The police officials accused Mishu of instigating the workers of the Ready Made Garment (RMG) to go berserk at Kuril area and other places of the city. They also repeatedly enquired of which countries Mishu had visited and who funds her for her work. They also asked why she had not joined the “Mohajot Sorkar” (grand alliance government) led by the Bangladesh Awami League. Mishu told the police officials that she is a leftist politician, who had political ideological differences with the ruling political alliance. Referring to a few leftist politicians who are the part of ruling alliance the police rebuked Mishu for her ideological stand.

The police gave a plain paper and insisted her to sign on the paper. They asked Mishu to join the ruling alliance and told her that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gives priority to women and, if she were to sign the paper, Hasina would make her a minister. The police officials also asked if she were a pro-China leftist who was trying to close the garments industry of Bangladesh so that China can grab the whole RMG market of Bangladesh. Mishu said that the big pro-China man, Mr. Dilip Barua, is a minister of the government. The police accused her of trying to close the garment factories leading the female workers to become prostitutes.

At around 2pm, the police produced Mishu before the Chief Metropolitan Judicial Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka showing her arrested in three cases, two of them were registered with Kafrul and one case with Khilkhet police stations of the city of Dhaka.

Case -1: Case number 76 (6)10, which was registered with the Kafrul police (Government Register -GR no-386/10) under Sections 143,149, 323, 324, 325, 332, 333, 353, 427, 114 of the Penal Code-1860 on 30 June 2010.

Case-2: Case number 21 (12) 10 of the Kafrul police (GR no.854/10) under Sections 143, 448, 379, 427, 506 of Penal Code-1860 was registered on 9 December 2010.

Case-3: Case number 13 (12) 10 of Khilkhet police (GR no 255/10) was registered on 12 December 2010 under Sections 147,148,149, 332, 333, 353, 436, 379, 427,109 of the Penal Code-1860.

The police produced Mishu before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka in two cases of the Kafrul police station and sought police remand for 10 days in each of the two cases. Metropolitan Magistrate Mr. A I M Ismile Hossain granted two-days remand in the first case (no. 76 (6)10 ) of the Kafrul police station but rejected the remand prayer in the second case (no 21 (12)10.

On the same day, in the third case, which was registered with the Khilkhet police, Mishu was taken to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka. The First Additional Magistrate Mr. AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan ordered the Khilkhet police to submit the Case Diary (CD) of the case on the following day.

At around 6pm in the evening the police again brought Mishu in DB office for further interrogation. They repeatedly asked the same questions that they did previously and they threatened her that if she did not sign in a blank piece of paper, she would suffer dire consequences that she had ever thought of. Mishu asked them if they would kill her and the police said that they wanted to kill or disappear her but that the media had already broadcasted and made news on her, which has messed up the plan. The threats and intimidations continued until midnight. Mishu did not eat any food in the police custody for fear of poisoning.

The police forced Mishu to sleep on the floor of the police custody during her remand despite the fact that it was winter in the month of December in Bangladesh. During the whole period of police remand the police officers whoever interrogated Mishu asked the same questions along with intimidation and threats.

On 15 December, the First Additional Magistrate Mr. AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan fixed 19 December to hear the petition for remand. After returning to the police custody the police officers repeatedly insisted her to sign on blank paper.

On 19 December, at the Court Custody where Mishu was detained before the hearing of the remand petition she had serious breathing difficulties. The police officials, who were called in to arrange medical treatment for Mishu, laughed at her and asked, “Why are you making drama?” The police did not allow Mishu any medical treatment despite her sister Zabunnesa Zebu requesting them to do so.

At around 3pm, Mishu was produced before the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court’s Magistrate Munshi Abdul Mazid again by the Khilkhet police for remanding her for five days. Instead of the First Additional Magistrate Mr. AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan, who fixed that date for the hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Munshi Abdul Mazid heard the petition of Khilkhet police. During the hearing Mishu had severe respiratory and spinal problems (which she had sustained due to police brutality in the past). Mishu’s lawyer argued in favour of her bail petition that the detainee was sick and was unable to stand on her own legs during the court’s proceedings. Mishu told before the Court that she was having difficulty in breathing and was panting and gasping for breath. The Metropolitan Magistrate Munshi Abdul Mazid allegedly said in the open court, “I have strict direction from the government that in any situation and at any cost not to grant bail to Mishu”. He ordered Mishu to go to the Khilkhet police custody in a one-day fresh remand in the third case, which was fabricated against her for vandalism, arson attack and obstruction of the police from performing their official duties, for further questioning.

After the hearing Mishu’s condition further deteriorated when she was brought back to the Court Custody but the police denied taking her to a hospital for treatment. Following repeated insistence by the relatives the Magistrate made order for Mishu’s treatment and only then was she rushed to the National Hospital where she was given oxygen and emergency treatment.

The National Hospital authorities soon referred her to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Muzib Medical University (BSMMU) around 5pm.But a police officer, who was present there before Mishu’s arrival, guided the authorities not to admit her in BSMMU. She was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DHMC) at around 9pm in the Medicine Female Ward No.19. The hospital authorities allegedly did not provide Mishu a proper bed, which normally should be allotted to a patient, due to the intervention by doctors who are affiliated to the ruling political party – Bangladesh Awami League. Instead, the pro-ruling party doctors, particularly Assistant Professor Mustifizur Rahman of the Medicine Unit allegedly insisted the police to take Mishu to the prison health centre inside the Dhaka Central Jail on excuse of unavailability of beds at the Ward No.19. As the Court ordered the police to admit Mishu to hospital they did not take her away from the DMCH. At night Mishu had attack of bronchial asthma due to cold for staying on the floor of the hospital.

On the following day, she was allotted a bed (No. 8 at the Ward No.19) until 5 January when she was shifted to Bed no.-7 of the same unit. The politically-motivated doctors allegedly called the DB officers to take Mishu away saying that the patient recovered her problems despite the fact that Mishu had not recovered. Mishu’s sister Zebu protested against the doctors deliberate attempts of releasing her sister without a proper treatment. Then, Dr. Mustifizur Rahman said to Zebu, “You are from the leftist political wing; that’s why I allowed you to enter in this room. I would have kicked you out of this place, if you were from the BNP –Jamaat (BNP is the Bangladesh Nationalist Party – the main opposition in the parliament and Jamaat is a rightist Islamic party, which is its ally)”. After a long argument regarding the medical ethics and responsibilities of the doctors Mishu’s sister Zebu managed to keep Mishu at the hospital. However, the DMCH authorities have allegedly not provided necessary medicine to Mishu and also compelled her family to do the required pathological tests from private clinics. Two policewomen and three armed policemen have been deployed to guard Mishu at her hospital ward. The policemen were seen sitting on in her bed at the hospital when human rights defenders went to see Mishu’s health condition there.

The police sought for a total of 30 days remand in the three cases – 10 days in each of the cases that had been fabricated against Mishu. The Courts and police did not follow the due process regarding the petitions for remand. The police applied for remand in plain paper whereas according to the Police Regulation of Bengal-1943 the police are instructed to apply for remand in a prescribed form: Bangladesh Police Form No. 90. The two Magistrates illegally entertained the remand petitions that allowed the police to torture the Mishu in custody. Even the Court guided that there should be lady police during the interrogation but the police did not follow that order. In two occasions Mishu was remanded by the police of Kafrul and Khilkhet respectively. Legally she should stay in the custodies of Kafrul and Khilkhet police. But, in fact, she was kept on remand under the custody of the DB office, which was violation of the law as she was not remanded by the DB police in those particular cases. However, the Courts have not taken any action against the police officers for violating the law.

The family is financial hardship for the payments for medication, lawyer and communications that have been incurred after the arbitrary detention of Mishu and fabrication of cases against her. The whole family is now under intelligence surveillance and afraid of being harmed by the state-agents. They fear to receive a call on their phones and commuting from to home to their respective work places.

The family fears that the police are trying their best to take Mishu, who has chronic bronchial asthma, again in remand where she has continuously been ill-treated by the police during a chilling cold winter. The relatives are afraid that the police may kill Mishu and then claim that she died of a heart attack as the law-enforcing agencies of the country habitually do.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Earlier, on 30 July 2010 from 12 midnight to 12:35am Mishu received four calls in her cell phone. The callers suppressed their telephone numbers that had been used to call Mishu. For example, the first call appeared on Mishu’s cell phone screen as “private number”; the second caller’s call appeared as +01748888888, which is abnormal in Bangladesh as the numbers appear with its country code at the begging such as +8801XXXXXXXXX. The third and fourth call also appeared without any number on the cell phone screen.

The first caller threatened to kill her in crossfire, which an official method of extrajudicial killing of crime suspects by the law-enforcement agencies as well as the paramilitary and armed forces in the country where persons are arrested and killed in shootouts while in detention followed by an identically prepared story in all cases.

The second caller introduced him as an officer of the SB (Special Branch of police). Following Mishu’s questions he claimed that his name was Mizan. He said, “You are already in the crossfire list, you rather stop and run away. We have records of your every movement (steps), you are under our surveillance. Be ready for crossfire.”

The third and fourth callers called after short intervals and used similar language and threats to her life.

Mishu was allegedly threatened by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), an intelligence agency operated by the armed forces of Bangladesh mostly dominated the country’s army, over her cell phone. She was instructed not to raise voice on the issue of the wages of the workers of the Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories. The intelligence agency officials warned Mishu that if the workers further demand for the increase of their wages, she will face dire consequences. The caller used slang words on the cell phone.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has documented cases regarding the abuses and brutality by the state-agents that can be found at: www.bangladesh.ahrchk.net. Similar cases can be found at: AHRC-UAC-167-2010 and AHRC-UAC-196-2010).

Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) workers, who are poorly paid, allege that the owners of the factories and employers exploit them by compelling work more than eight hours a day and denying paying a realistic wage to afford their dire necessities. The deprived workers have protested on the streets and got arrested in fabricated cases as well as detained for longer periods across the country on several occasions in the past. Many of the workers have been killed by the law-enforcement agencies as well as by the hired gunmen of the employers, as it has been alleged by the victims of those incidents. The failure of the Government to ensure a realistic wage for the workers of RMG sector has encouraged the workers to join in violent demonstration to realize their right to adequate wage.

Mishu has previously extended her moral support and solidarity to the deprived workers. She had motivated some of the groups of workers of the RMG factories to continue struggle for a justified pay scale until the workers succeed.

The owners and investors of the RMG sector of Bangladesh, some of whom are members of parliament and policy-makers of the power-centered political leaders, had been annoyed with the struggling workers as well as the persons who expressed solidarity to the workers.

SUGGESTED ACTION: 
Please write to the authorities below asking that they immediately intervene into the case and ensure that Ms. Moshrefa Mishu is released immediately. The case must be investigated by competent judicial officers. Those found to have been involved in the illegal arrest and subsequent fabrication of criminal charges must be prosecuted without delay. The victim must be afforded adequate compensation for her medical treatment and protection from any further harassment and threats from law-enforcement agents.

Please note that the Asian Human Rights Commission has already written separate letters to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Special Rapporteurs on Independent of Judges and Lawyers and Violence Against Women requesting their prompt interventions in this case.

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Dear ____________, BANGLADESH: Labour rights activist must be released from arbitrary detention and fabricated cases  Name of victim: Ms. Moshrefa Mishu, aged 46 years, a leftist political activist, serving as General Secretary of the Ganatantrik Biplobi (Democratic Revolutionary) Party and President of the Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF, living in a house 51-2 Kolabagan North Road under the jurisdiction of the Kolabagan police station in the Dhaka Metropolitan city Names of the alleged perpetrators:  1. Mr. Md. Anisur Rahman, Police Inspector and Officer in-Charge (OC) of Kafrul Police station 2. Mr. Md. Robiul Huq, Sub Inspector of police and the Investigation Officer (IO) of case no 76 of Kafrul police station 3. Mr. Md. Motiur Rahman, Sub Inspector of police and the Investigation Officer (IO) of case 21 of Kafrul police station 4. Mr. Md. Shamim Hossain, Police Inspector and Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Khilkhet police station 5. Mr. K M Firoz Al Jalal, Inspector of police and the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case with Khilkhet police station 6. Mr. Nazrul Islam, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Detective Branch (DB) of Police 7. Mr. Muniruz Zaman, Assistant Commissioner (AC) of DB 8. Mr. Nasir, AC of DB All are attached to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) 9. Mr. Munshi Abdul Mazid, Metropolitan Magistrate, attached to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka 10. Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Assistant Professor of Medicine Unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Date of incident: 14 December 2010 Place of incident (arbitrary detention): Custody of Detective Branch of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Dhaka Central Jail I am raising my serious concern regarding the illegal arrest of Ms. Moshrefa Mishu and subsequent arbitrary detention followed by continuous ill-treatment, intimidation and death threats as well as denial of adequate medical treatment. I strongly demand her immediate release from the arbitrary detention. Her cases should be investigated by competent judicial officials and the alleged perpetrators must be prosecuted, if they are pleaded guilty. According to the information I have received, Ms. Moshrefa Mishu received two calls in her cell phone in the evening on 13 December 2010. Both callers claimed to be journalists wishing to interview her and asked her to stay at home. Mishu previously received calls from unidentified phone numbers while the callers introduced themselves as officers of intelligence agencies and the Special Branch of police, who threatened her with death. At around 1:35am, in the early morning of 14 December, twelve plain-clothed persons comprising nine heavily armed men and three women came to her house. They forcibly entered into the house and responding to the questions of the family members claimed to be police came from the Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). The plain clothed persons looked for Mishu and raided the house although they failed to show any "search warrant" from any legitimate authority of the country. They badly knocked the door of the bedroom of Ms. Mishu, who was asleep at that time, and attempted to break the door. As a result of the chaotic environment Mishu woke up and opened the door. The plain-clothed persons asked her to accompany her to the local police station. When Mishu and her family members asked about any warrant of arrest the plain-clothed persons failed to provide any warrant regarding the arrest or for searching her house. They claimed that the "upper level of the government" had instructed her arrest. They also warned Mishu that if she did not follow their orders, then they will use their utmost force against her. They also did not allow any person of the family to make any phone call any of the authorities or friends or relatives at that time. I have heard that before leaving for the police custody when Mishu wanted to use wash room the female police went inside her toilet and insisted her to use it in presence of the police. I do not understand the level of civilization your country's police belong to. I have been informed that the police did not allow Ms. Mishu to carry her emergency medicines, inhaler and clothes that she required during her confinement despite repeated requests. I have learned that the police put Mishu in a vehicle, which was not recognizable as a police vehicle, and drove around the city for few hours before they arrived at the office of the DB of the DMP at 36 Minto Road in the city of Dhaka at about 5am. She was detained there until a team comprising Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of the DB Mr. Nazrul Islam, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Muniruz Zaman and AC Nasir came at around 7am. They interrogated her until 2pm with few short intervals when she was asked about her visits abroad; the funders of her political activities; and relationship with external groups including countries like China for her attachment with the workers' movements for pay hike in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector in the country. The police team also rebuked her for not joining the ruling alliance and insisted that if she did so that she will be made a minister of the government. The police also repeatedly insisted her to sign on blank piece of paper, which she denied to do. It has been alleged that the police officers repeatedly made death-threats to Mishu. I am informed that the police allegedly showed Ms. Mishu arrested in three pending cases – two cases were registered with the Kafrul police station and one was lodged with the Khilkhet police of the DMP – that were fabricated against her. The brief details of the cases are: First Case: number 76 (6)10, which was registered with the Kafrul police (Government Register -GR no-386/10) under Sections 143,149, 323, 324, 325, 332, 333, 353, 427, 114 of the Penal Code-1860 on 30 June 2010. Second Case: number 21 (12) 10 of the Kafrul police (GR no.854/10) under Sections 143, 448, 379, 427, 506 of Penal Code-1860 was registered on 9 December 2010. Third Case: number 13 (12) 10 of Khilkhet police (GR no 255/10) was registered on 12 December 2010 under Sections 147,148,149, 332, 333, 353, 436, 379, 427,109 of the Penal Code-1860. I have received information that the police produced Ms. Mishu before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka in the above mentioned first two cases and wanted to bring her in police remand for 10 days in each case. In the first case the Magistrate Mr. AIM Ismaile Hossain granted remand for two days to the Kafrul police. In the second case he rejected the remand petition for the time being. On the same afternoon, Ms. Mishu was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka for the third case, which was registered with the Khilkhet police. The police submitted a petition seeking 10-days remand for Mishu in this case. The First Additional Magistrate Mr. AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan ordered the Khilkhet police to submit the Case Diary (CD) of the case on the following day. On 19 December, instead of Mr. AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan Metropolitan Magistrate Mr. Munshi Abdul Mazid heard the remand petition of the Khilkhet police. During the hearing Mishu's health condition had deteriorated due to chronic bronchial asthma and spinal pain, which was created as a result of police torture in the past occasions. Despite these Metropolitan Magistrate Munshi Abdul Mazid rejected bail petition of Mishu's lawyer. While rejecting the bail petition the Magistrate allegedly said in the Court that "I have strict direction from the government that in any situation and at any cost not to grant bail to Mishu". This information has compelled me to question whether the judiciary of Bangladesh has capability and competence to adjudicate criminal cases independently at all or not. I am aware that the Magistrates entertained all the petitions for remand written in plain paper by the police without a prescribed application on Bangladesh Police Form No. 90, as per Rule 458 (a), which should not be legally accepted as an application for remand at all. I am also aware according to a directives passed by a Division Bench of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh as reported in Dhaka Law Report (DLR) 55, that the Magistrate should form medical board examine a detainee before sending the person to police remand and also do similar medical examination after the remand, if the person alleges any ill-treatment or torture in custody. I question about the legality of the magisterial decisions of entertaining the remand petitions of the police and their subsequent orders of granting police remand. I have also heard that during the remands granted by the Courts in two occasions Mishu was taken under the custody of the DB police instead of the Kafrul and Khilkhet police custodies respectively, which is a clear violation of law. I have been informed that following Mishu's critical health condition at the Court Custody on 19 December the Magistrate ordered to arrange medical treatment at hospital and subsequently she was taken to the National Hospital, which referred to the Bangbandhu Sheikh Muzib Medical University were police officer intervened not to admit her there. As a result, Mishu was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the politically-motivated medical doctors, particularly Assistant Professor of Medicine Unit Dr. Mustafizur Rahman insisted the police to take Mishu away without providing required treatment and other medical facilities despite she had serious health problem. This information is apparently very shocking because the doctors must maintain their medical ethics regarding treating patients at any circumstance. I am aware that the workers of the readymade garment (RMG) sector have been demonstrating for their demands for a realistic increase of wages to afford their dire necessities that have been receiving moral supports and solidarity from some professional groups. The government of Bangladesh, which has failed to ensure a standard pay scale for the RMG workers, has been allegedly harassing persons like Moshrefa Mishu in fabricated cases. I am also aware that the government has undeniable constitutional, as well as international, obligation to ensure the right to adequate wages for the workers. In light of the above information, I request you to initiate a thorough investigation of the allegation of illegal arrest and arbitrary detention of Ms. Moshrefa Mishu and subsequent ill-treatment and denial of adequate medical treatment while under detention at the hands of the law-enforcement agencies. The investigation should be conducted by competent judicial officers excluding any member from the law-enforcement agencies of Bangladesh. Ms. Mishu should immediately be released from arbitrary detention and afforded adequate compensation for the ill-treatment she was forced to suffer by the State-agents. There must be a fair trial for Mishu regarding the fabricated cases against her. The alleged perpetrators, including the police officers, magistrates and medical doctors that had allegedly been part of the illegal arrest, arbitrary detention, illegitimate remand and denial medical treatment must be brought to justice without delay. I trust that you will take immediate action into this matter. Yours sincerely, --------------- PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:  1. Mrs. Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Prime Minister Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 811 3244 / 3243 / 1015 / 1490 Tel: +880 2 882 816 079 / 988 8677 E-mail: pm@pmo.gov.bd or ps1topm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd 2. Mr. A. B. M. Khairul Haque Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh Supreme Court Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 956 5058 /+880 2 7161344 Tel: +880 2 956 2792 E-mail: chief@bdcom.com or supremec@bdcom.com 3. Barrister Shafique Ahmed Minister Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 7160627 (O) Fax: +880 2 7168557 (O) Email: info@minlaw.gov.bd 4. Ms. Sahara Khatun MP Minister Ministry of Home Affairs Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 7169069 (O) Fax: +880 2 7160405, 880 2 7164788 (O) E-mail: minister@mha.gov.bd 5. Mr. Mahbubey Alam Attorney General of Bangladesh Office of the Attorney General Supreme Court Annex Building Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 956 1568 Tel: +880 2 956 2868 6. Prof. Mizanur Rahman Chairman National Human Rights Commission 6/3 Lalmatia, Block-D Dhaka-1207 BANGLADESH Tel: +880 2 9137740 Fax: +880 2 9137743 E-mail: nhrc.bd@gmail.com 7. Mr. Hassan Mahmud Khandker Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bangladesh Police Police Headquarters' Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 956 3362 / 956 3363 Tel: +880 2 956 2054 / +880 2 717 6451 / +880 2 717 6677 E-mail: ig@police.gov.bd 8. Mr. Benzir Ahmed Commissioner Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) The DMP Headquarters 1, Shaheed Captain Monsur Ali Road Ramna, Dhaka-1000 BANGLADESH Tel: +88-02-8322746 (O) Fax: +88-02-8322746 (O) E-mail: pcdmp@police.gov.bd Thank you. Urgent Appeal Programme Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)
Document Type : Urgent Appeal Case
Document ID : AHRC-UAC-006-2011
Countries : Bangladesh,
Issues : Arbitrary arrest & detention, Impunity, Rule of law,