Bangladesh saw gross human rights violation during post '75 military regimes: HPM Sheikh Hasina

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Published on August 17, 2022
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh had witnessed a gross violation of human rights during the long military regimes after the 1975 carnage.

"We're even barred from seeking justice," she said while UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence here.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.

The premier said Father of the Nation and then President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members were brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975.

She added that she and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana survived the 1975 massacre as they were abroad at that time.

Sheikh Hasina said the then military-backed government had enacted Indemnity Ordinance to stop trial of those killings.

After returning to the country from forced exile, she said they were barred from seeking justice due to that ordinance.

She said the then military government even rehabilitated killers of Bangabandhu and war criminals in politics.

Bachelet, who was president of Chili two times, said her family also had to suffer inhuman torture like Bangladesh Prime Minister when an oppressive government was in power in her country.

The UN high commissioner said she was "deeply moved" after visiting the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum where the Father of the Nation with most of his family members were brutally killed on August 15, 1975.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister Md Shahriar Alam, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Gwyn Lewis were present.

Bachelet arrived here on a four-day visit on Sunday morning last.