Children demand missing fathers to be traced before Eid

first_imgRelatives of disappeared persons at the National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Saiful IslamChildren have made an urgent demand to get back their fathers, victims of enforced disappearance, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.Please return my father. I want to celebrate Eid with my father, cried out Riddi, daughter of Pervez Hossain who disappeared three years ago.Riddi made the demand at a discussion on the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances at the National Press Club on Tuesday. The day will be observed on 30 August. Family members of 29 enforced disappeared persons organised the discussion to press home their demand for tracing their relatives. Convener of Nagorik Okya Mahmudur Rahman Manna presided over the discussion.The families also demanded an independent commission to trace disappeared persons and to punish the perpetrators.They also threatened to launch a greater movement from December if quick action was not taken.Hazera Khatun, mother of disappeared Sajedul Islam, said, Return my son.AKM Shamim Akhtar disappeared in 2011. His wife Jharna Khanum alleged the state had not done its duties. I could not get back my husband.Director of Odhikar ASM Nasiruddin said there are no such word as enforced disappearance. The law enforcing agencies are abducting members of political parties, he alledged.Does the government oppose it? he asked.Professor at Dhaka University Asif Nazrul said it is to be taken for granted that the cries of victims families will not reach the prime minister untill disappeared persons return.Member of Nari Pakkha Shirin Haque said, I along with others have been helpless. We have nowhere to go.Former director of Ain o Salish Kendra Noor Khan Liton asked, Are they visually impaired or dumb? Cant they see anything?last_img

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