Amnesty Int’l: Protect Hindus from retaliatory attacks by Islamists in Bangladesh

Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla was hanged at 10:01pm Thursday

Terming convicted war criminal Abdul Quader Molla’s execution as “a disgrace”, Amnesty International urged the authority concerned to ensure that people were protected against reprisal attacks.

Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh researcher, issued a note in this regard on Thursday, immediately after the execution of the Jamaat leader.

He said: “The execution of Abdul Quader Mollah should never have happened. The death penalty is a human rights violation and should not be used to punish other alleged human rights violations.

The country is on a razor’s edge at the moment with pre-election tensions running high and almost non-stop street protests. Mollah’s execution could trigger more violence, with the Hindu community bearing the brunt,” he added.

“Bangladesh’s minority Hindu community has been targeted in attacks this year following an earlier ICT verdict, they are at a particular risk of violence now  that the execution has been carried out,” said Faiz.

“The authorities must ensure that anyone at risk, especially Hindus are given the protection they need at this tense time. Whole villages were burned down in the violence against Hindus this year and no one has been brought to justice.”

“It is also crucial that all politicians in Bangladesh make it crystal clear to their supporters to refrain from human rights abuses, and that attacks on Hindu communities are unacceptable.”

Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla was hanged at 10:01pm Thursday for his involvement with crimes against humanity during the liberation war of 1971.

The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Chhatra Shibir went on a rampage across the country on Thursday night immediately after the execution of their leader.

Source: Dhaka Tribune