‘Enforced disappearance’ is particularly a heinous violation of human rights and an international crime. It affects victims in many different ways, including constant fear for their lives. Their families go through an emotional rollercoaster of hope and despair, waiting for news that might never come. The disappeared person is removed from the protection of law, a fundamental right.
In recent years, instances of enforced disappearance are on the rise in Bangladesh. People are abducted and disappearing from various places in broad day light by the men claiming to be members of law enforcement agencies. Some are recovered as dead after they were abducted. In many cases, families of the disappeared claim that law enforcing agencies picked up the victims. However, the law enforcing agencies deny any knowledge about the disappeared. Odhikar has been working on the issue and also campaigning for the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
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