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The CCBE Sent Urgent Letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Urging Protection of Human Rights Lawyer Shahanur Islam

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The human chain and rally have been organized by Human Rights Alliance Bangladesh today on 11 September 2020 at Kallyanpur, Dhaka at 4 pm. Mr. Mahbul Haque, convener Human Rights Alliance Bangladesh presided the human chain and rally. Around 100 young human rights, activists and social workers participate in the human chain and rally. The protesters ask for ensuring the protection of Mr. Shahanur Islam including his all family members as well as ensure the exemplary punishment of Md. Jahurul Islam, his son Jobayer Hossain and other culprits, who were involved with the heinous crime. They condemn the terrorist attack on human rights lawyer Mr. Shahanur Islam in Bangladesh and call for exemplary punishment against the culprit after a quick arrest of them and impartial investigation. They also mentioned that Mr. Islam has previously received threats, death threats, physically assault as well as been repeatedly implicated in false and fabricated cases due to his strong advocacy against social injustice and religious extremism as well as ensuring human rights, the rule of law, good governance and social justice. Furthermore, they emphasized that the attack on Mr. Shahanur Islam is not an isolated incident in Bangladesh, rather killings, harassment, intimidation and physical attacks against lawyers are common phenomena in Bangladesh. The participants of the human chain and rally also called for exemplary punishment of the culprit after a quick and impartial investigation by the committee headed by a justice of the High Court division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Furthermore, they call upon the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure the physical, psychological and financial integrity of Mr. Shahanur Islam and his family members. Apart from, they urge the Bangladesh Government to immediately suspend Md. Jahurul Islam from membership of district Parishad, Naogaon according to district Parishad law 2000 under section 10(ka). Moreover, the group urges the government of Bangladesh to ensure the effective protection of all lawyers from all kinds of violence, harassment, threats, and other forms of violence in Bangladesh in the exercise of their professional duties. Here specially mention that Mr. Shahanur Islam was physically attacked by the group of terror on 26th August 2020 at Naogaon Court. As soon as Mr. Islam had left the courtroom after taking part in the hearing against Member of District Parishad, Naogaon and reached the veranda, suddenly 10 to 12 terrorists, led by Jobayer Hossain, son of Jahurul Islam, attacked Mr. Islam for killing or abduction. Jobayer Hossain hit the head of Mr. Islam resulting in a serious injury under his left eye and the frontal side of his head. The others repeatedly beat Mr. Islam all over his body. Some of the lawyers and lawyers’ clerks in the vicinity arrived at the scene and rescued Mr. Islam from the terrorists.

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The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) sent an urgent letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina urging to do everything in her power to guarantee the safety of Human Rights Lawyer Shahanur Islam. It also asks to ensure that the full and impartial investigation into the attack is carried out to its end, with a view to bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards.

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Mr. Ranko Pelicaric, president of the CCBE, from Brussels, Belgium sent the letter on 16th September 2020 on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe. The CCBE represents the bars and law societies 45 counties and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. It places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.

The CCBE expresses its serious concern over the situation of human rights lawyer Shahanur Islam in the letter. It also draws the attention to the Prime Minister to the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, in particular, Principle 16, 17, and 18 on Guarantees for functioning of lawyers and Principle 23 on Freedom of expression and association.

In addition, the CCBE asks the Bangladeshi Prime Minister to take all necessary measures to guarantee that all lawyers in Bangladesh are able to carry out their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation, or harassment in order to preserve the independence and integrity of the administration of justice and the rule of law.

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In the letter, it states that according to information received, on 26th august 2020, Shahanur Islam was physically assaulted at the court premises of Naogaon district, while he was taking part in a hearing. It is noted that as soon as Mr. Islam was gotten out from the courtroom, he was subsequently attacked by a group of 10-12 politically motivated individuals. As a result of the attack, Mr. Islam suffered a serious injury under his left eye and the frontal side of his head.

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The letter also highlights

that this was not the first time that lawyer Shahanur Islam was subjected to threats and harassment. The CCBE already expressed concerns it previous correspondence with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in relation to the worrying situation of Mr. Islam who had received death threats due to his activities as a lawyer and as the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)

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