Condemn Bangladesh for Politically Motivated War Crimes Tribunal

Target: Attorney-General Mahbubey Alam

Goal: Condemn the International Crimes Tribunal for passing politically motivated death sentences

A Bangladesh war crimes court has recently passed a death sentence on a TV preacher. The preacher is accused of genocide and murder during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War fought against Pakistan. The 63-year-old TV host Maolana Abul Kalam Azad, is leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic opposition party. Sign the petition to condemn politically motivated death sentences against opposition leaders in Bangladesh, and call for open and fair trials.

The Bangladesh government is ruled by the Aswami League, which along with the chief prosecutor has declared that the trial is essential for democracy. Along with Azad, eleven top opposition figures are also on trial. Nine are from the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami party and two are from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The trial has sparked concern from domestic opposition party that the rulings are politically motivated. The United States has echoed the concern and called upon Bangladesh to hold transparent and fair trials that meet the standards of international law and democracy.

The trials are emotional for Bangladesh which suffered greatly during the 1971 war. More than 3 million Bangladeshi’s were killed, hundreds of thousands became refugees and hundreds of thousands of women are estimated to have been raped. The Bangladesh government should not use the war as an excuse to scapegoat and imprison political opponents. Sign the petition to condemn the politically motivated trials and call for the International Crimes Tribunal to conform to international norms of transparency and fairness.


Dear Attorney-General Mahbubey Alam,

I am writing as a human rights activist to express my concern about the ongoing war crimes trials in Bangladesh. The International Crimes Tribunal has sentenced Maolana Abul Kalam Azad, leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami to death. A total of eleven opposition leaders are being placed on trial. The International Crimes Tribunal has no international oversight and does not conform to international law. There is a high likelihood that these rulings are politically motivated.

While what happened during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 is worthy of a war crimes tribunal, it must be a trial that is open, transparent and conforms to international norms. Bangladesh does itself a disservice by using these trials as a way to target opposition leaders. The victims of 1971 deserve a truly fair trial. I urge you to reconsider politically motivated trials and invite the International Court of Justice to try those responsible for crimes against humanity.

I hope you take my thoughts into consideration.


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