—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (March 2, 2013) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today on the escalating violence in Bangladesh.
The current regime has introduced one-party rule in Bangladesh by silencing opposing views, and the country has quickly descended into anarchy. Extra-judicial killings, abduction, and murders of journalists and opposition figures are rampant.
The regime has created the International Crimes Tribunal under the guise of trying those responsible for 1971 war crimes. Instead, this court is being used to silence opposition figures such as well-known religious scholar Delware Hossain Sayedee, who was recently condemned to death without proper trial.
The regime has also organized massive rallies, utilizing the government apparatus to pressure judges for the death penalty while opposition rallies are being crushed. Just days ago police shot and killed 35 peaceful protestors who were protesting against unjust verdicts.
Ambassador-at-large Stephen Rapp, the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Bar Association and numerous other agencies have expressed serious concern that courts such as the International Crimes Tribunal are in violation of international laws.
ICNA President Naeem Baig appealed to the Obama administration and particularly the U.S. Department of State saying, “The International Crimes Tribunal is in serious violation of human rights. We must pressure the Bangladesh government to reconstitute the tribunal based on international standards and recommendations by Ambassador-at-Large Stephen Rapp.”
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