Target: Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
Goal: Encourage thorough investigation into disappearances of political leaders.
Opposing party politicians are disappearing at an alarming rate in Bangladesh, launching hysteria and desperation to find them amongst their friends and families. Referred to as ‘enforced disappearance,’ political opponents are being carted away in droves by masked men, never to be seen or heard from again.
Today, many families, their matriarchs filled with uncertainty and despair, are left with unanswered questions as they desperately try to find their abducted loved ones. A paramilitary group known as Rapid Action Battalion is allegedly responsible for a majority of the disappearances of opposing party politicians and their constituents. However, the country’s government has denied any involvement in the mass number of disappearances to date and knowledge of the paramilitary group’s actions.
The real tragedy is the fact that mothers, wives, children and relatives are left to suffer for years wondering what happened to their missing husbands, fathers, and the like. They are left to wonder if their loved ones are dead –denied the right to a funeral–or being tortured at the hands of suspected paramilitary groups or the government of Bangladesh.
Despite a statement by the country’s law minister promising an investigation into the mass disappearances, there are no known solved cases and abducted political oppositionists have yet to be released to their families. These disappearances come in the midst of a violent and heated impasse between the country’s government and its opposition parties, which has been ongoing since early January 2015. Since then, it’s been reported that over 150 people have died and hundreds of others injured in strikes and blockades.
The government’s response to these violent outbursts has been to detain opposition members across the country, despite its adamant refusal to take any responsibility for the recent spike in ‘enforced disappearances.’ Sign the petition to end this injustice now return these missing political opponents back to their grieving families.
Dear Abdul Hamid,
The enforced disappearance of countless political opponents and their constituents is rampant in your country. Countless oppositional members and their constituents have been abducted by mystery paramilitary groups, never to be seen or heard from ever again.
Their families are grieving, they also have questions, and the government, to this day, denies any involvement or knowledge of these political opponents’ whereabouts or state of existence. According to Human Rights Watch dispatch reports, enforced disappearances have increased since political turmoil arose in the country in early January of 2015. What has followed are strikes and blockades that have claimed the lives of hundreds and injured many more.
The present state of unrest has compromised the quality of life for many families in Bangladesh, as they wonder what happened to their loved ones and whether or not they are alive or dead. This inhumane and unjust activity must cease immediately.
I urge you and Bangladesh’s law enforcement to launch investigations into the disappearances of these political opposition members and rightfully return them to their families, dead or alive, so the unending pattern of grief and desperation can end.
[Your Name Here]
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