WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Human Rights and Development for Bangladesh (HRDB) will be staging a demonstration in front of the White House at 1:30PM on Thursday, November 20th to protest the illegitimate death sentences and pending execution of Bangladesh political opposition leaders including Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Motiur Rahman Nizami, and Mir Quasem Ali by the country's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).
Established in 2009, the ICT was ostensibly created to try war criminals from the country's liberation war over 40 years ago, instead the ruling Awami League has corrupted the court to execute political opposition leaders under fabricated charges.
The international community has recognized the failure of the ICT to uphold international legal standards as defendants are denied fundamental legal rights and are subsequently sentenced without a fair trial. Further evidence suggests that Bangladesh government officials have directly manipulated the proceedings to exact revenge on political opponents.
Officials from the US state Department, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, United Nations, UK BAR Human Rights, European Union, and numerous human rights organizations have criticized the proceedings and have urged the Awami League to suspend the executions until the defendants can be granted a fair trial. Domestically, the ICT sentences have sparked massive protests throughout Bangladesh. The Awami League has so far ignored international and domestic criticism.
To raise awareness of the illegitimate trials and to urge the United States government to further pressure the government of Bangladesh to release these men until a fair trial can be held, HRDB and an expected 500 supporters will speak out in front of the White House on Thursday.
Contact: Nakib Rahman
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