Democracy, rule of law, justice and human rights are all inter-related and inter-connected. Torture must not be used as a weapon. The Government must try and ensure justice for the victims of torture and their family members and end the culture of impunity that prevails.
Such remarks were made by the panel speakers during the online discussion on ‘The Situation of Torture in Bangladesh: Challenges to ensure Justice for Victims of Torture and their Families’ arranged by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). This event was held in observance of the ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture’ on 26 June 2021 at 11:30 am.
The event was moderated by Golam Monowar Kamal, Executive Director, ASK. The overall situation, trend and major concerns was raised by Nina Goswami, Director (Programme), ASK through her presentation.
The event was graced by the presence of a rich panel of dignitaries including Z I Khan Panna, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & Former Chair, ASK; Md. Asaduzzaman, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & Member-Executive Committee, ASK; Md. Nur Khan, Human Rights Activist & General Secretary, Executive Committee, ASK; Abu Sayeed Khan, Journalist, Writer & Columnist and Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka.
They shed light upon the various different aspects of custodial death and torture in Bangladesh and on the existing trends and challenges of the implementation of the laws, and provided their recommendations in overcoming said challenges.