"The fear never leaves me" : torture, custodial deaths, and unfair trials after the 2009 mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles
- [Tejshree Thapa].
- [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, c2012.
- Physical description
- 59 p. : maps ; 27 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Map of Bangladesh
- Map of BDR Pilkhana Headquarters, Dhaka
- The Mutiny
- Abuses Against BDR Suspects
- Bangladesh's International Law Obligations
- Key recommendations
- I. The Bangladesh Rifles
- II. The February 25-26 Mutiny
- Government and Army Investigation Reports
- III. Abuses Against Suspected Mutineers
- Torture and Custodial Deaths
- Case of Mohammad Abdul Rahim
- Case of Mozammel Hoque
- Case of Habildar Mohiudin Ahmed
- Case of Nurul Amin
- Case of Mohammad Abdul Jalil Sheikh
- Case of Nasruddin Khan
- Case of Nulamin Sardar
- Case of Sepoy Al Masum
- Case of MA
- Case of Kamrul Hasan
- Case of Kaching Marma
- IV. Due Process and Fair Trials Concerns
- Case of Manuel de Perise
- Case of Hasi Gomez
- Case of Furid Marak Costa
- Case of Abu Kasim Sigdal
- Case of Nasmul Hudua Chowdhury
- Case of Babul Sangma
- Case of Abul Kasim Majumdar
- V. Recommendations
- To the Government of Bangladesh
- To Donors and Other Influential Members of the International Community
This report examines what happened in the aftermath of the February 2009 mutiny by members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) during annual celebrations attended by senior military officials in Dhaka. The report provides a detailed account of the mutiny and documents serious abuses in the aftermath, including torture by security forces of people in custody on suspicion of planning the mutiny, and of ongoing concerns about fair trial violations in mass trials of hundreds of suspects at a time. The notorious Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has allegedly been involved in many of the abuses.
- "On February 25-26, 2009, members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) staged a mutiny against their commanding officers. During this mutiny, some of the BDR mutineers engaged in serious violence, including, allegedly, sexual violence against wives of army officers and others. Over the course of the two days, 74 people were killed and many more were injured. After negotiating an end to the mutiny, the authorities arrested more than 6,000 BDR members from different units around the country, badly mistreating many of them. "The Fear Never Leaves Me" documents the serious abuses that have accompanied the government's response to the mutiny. More than 40 suspected mutineers have died in custody and many more were tortured. Bangladesh's notorious Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is believed to have perpetrated many of the abuses. While mutineers responsible for crimes should be held accountable, the suspects have been denied fair trial rights, hundreds of them tried at a time in proceedings lacking basic due process guarantees. To date, some 4,000 soldiers have been found guilty in mass trials before military tribunals; 847 soldiers also face charges under the Bangladesh Criminal Code and are being prosecuted in a single mass civilian trial. Some face the death penalty. Most of the accused were summarily arrested without a warrant. Many were detained without charge for several months. Most have been denied proper access to lawyers and have had inadequate or no disclosure of the evidence against them. Human Rights Watch calls for a halt to the prosecutions until the government establishes an independent investigative and prosecutorial task force with sufficient expertise, authority, and resources to rigorously investigate and prosecute crimes committed during the mutiny. All convictions should be reviewed. The government should also investigate all allegations of custodial death and torture and take appropriate action, including against RAB members, to ensure that the government's stated zero-tolerance policy toward extrajudicial killings and torture is finally realized."--P.  of cover.
- Publication date
- Title Variation
- Torture, custodial deaths, and unfair trials after the 2009 mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles
- "July 2012"--Table of contents page.
- "This report was written by Tejshree Thapa, South Asia researcher in the Asia division at Human Rights Watch."--P. 57.
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