Underscoring the need for removing the politics of impunity from the process of justice, noted jurist Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said the security of life and property is a constitutional right and all need to be vocal to realise that.
“We don’t want to compromise without justice…we’ll have to come out from such state of affairs…the politics of impunity has to be removed,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gonoforum, was addressing a conference organized by Basic Rights Protection Committee at the Jatiya Press Club in observation of the International Enforced Disappearance Protection Day.
The Gonoforum president also alleged that the incidents of enforced disappearance would not have taken place if the country’s law enforcers had remained unbiased. “There has been somehow a gap in the executive to control the law enforcers, which is not a good sign,” he added.
Dr Kamal demanded that all the inquiry reports on all kinds of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances be made public.
Dr Shahdeen Malik who presided over the conference said, “We won’t return home without the trial of the enforced disappearances and subsequent killings.”
He claimed that the incidents of enforced disappearance cannot take place without the state patronage. “If the government doesn’t respond, we’ll move, if necessary, to the international court,” he said.
Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, journalist Syed Abul Moksud and Dhaka University teacher Asif Nazrul, among others, spoke at the function.
Earlier, at the first session, the members of the victim family, who lost their near and dear ones, spoke expressing their pangs and agony they bear till date.
Politics of impunity has to be removed: Kamal