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Three Pakistanis speak: A. Q. Khan, Imran Khan and Munawar
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Thousands have been arrested in Bangladesh. More than 170
unarmed Islamics killed.
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for Amnresty International's report.
Syria: March 23. Reuters reports that after 2 weeks of severe
fighting, Islamic fighters under al-Nusra, Yarmouk Martyrs
brigade [Palestinians] and smaller Islamic groups have taken
control of the Damascus-Amman Highway. Assad's forces
retreated after Assad's 38th Military Air Base was captured
along with its commander.
There is great suffering in the refugee camps in Jordan and
Turkey which are housing about a million people. Assad has
killed nearly 60,000 Muslims. Rape is being used to
terrorize the population by the Alawites death squads,
al-Shabiha. Lebanese Shia militias have entered Syria to
help Assad keep control of the central area of Homs.
March 22: Al-Bouti, Assad's favorite "Sunni" preacher has
been killed. His "khutbas" were broadcast on Syrian
government's TV and Radio and helped Assad's claim that he
represents ALL Syria. A human bomber struck his
congregation, killing him and 48 of his supporters and
wounding 84. It is a serious blow to the regime. Other than
long range bombardment, totally false propaganda through
puppet preachers is Assad's method of spreading confusion.
US is taking control of the secular opposition by getting a
TEXAN Iraqi to head the secular wing of the opposition to
Assad. Also, the US is giving charitable funds to counter
the charitable activities of the Islamics. Also, the US has
contacted the Alawites and their conference is being held in
Cairo, so if Assad retreats to the Alawite mountain areas, a
"democratic" regime can be set up in Syria to counter
al-Nusra and other Islamics.
Iraq: March 19. The armed opposition remembered the US
invasion of Iraq with 17 car bombings, 7 roadside bombings
and 2 shootings, all in Baghdad, leaving 53 people dead and
more than 200 wounded.
During the US occupation of Iraq, Shi'is and US Special
Forces set up 20 torture centers across Iraq to break the
Islamic [Sunni] resistance. It is a horrific report and
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Keep children away]
Final notice for Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Islamic
Shoora on April 6.
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan will talk to the shoora by
phone from Youngstown, Ohio, inshallah.
Dr. AbdulAlim Shabazz
from Louisiana will share his wisdom
Can you spare a little time to write to Sis. Laila Yaghi's
in prison in Florida?
Can you send a few words of support to Br. Shifa,
Bangladeshi Islamic in prison in Terre Haute, Indiana?
Where has the Somali sister Nima Ali Yusuf been taken after
she got 8 years for sending about 1400 dollars to Somalia.
Can you find her on the BOP web site?
In East Flatbush area of New York, people are protesting
against a police murder.
See report from Jamaat al-Muslimeen activist Br. Abu Talib.
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Don't waste water. The environment is drying up. This is
water saving month.
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, began the movement to stop water
March 18-22. Muslims in Burma, this time in central Burma,
are under horrific assault by Buddhist mobs.
Think of ways of protecting Muslim minorities.
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for report and support.
Obituary by Kaukab Siddique
Chinua Achebe, Author of THINGS FALL APART, passed away on
I met him when he Visited Lincoln University.
Achebe was 82 when he passed away. I met this Nigerian
novelist and intellectual when he visited Lincoln University
in Pennsylvania years back. I teach his book, Things Fall
Apart, in a World Literature course, so it was an unusual
experience to meet a great author.
The book is about a village in eastern Nigeria, non-Muslim,
and is a perceptive account of the peaceful, passive values
of the village and the advance of British colonialism and
militant Christianity. I would recommend the book for its
insght into the process by which European powers and
religion enter countries which do not understand their
imperial ideologies. The novel also brings out internal
weaknesses of the Africans which made it possible for the
Europeans to undermine the positive values of the indigenous
54 Schools Closing Down in Chicago while Obama Doles out
Millions to Israel.
It's quite ironic that while Obama was in occupied
Palestine, promising total support to the occupiers,
Chicago, Obama's home base, announced that it was closing
down 54 schools for lack of funds.
Even more ironic, the man running Chicago these days, a hard
core Zionist Jew, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's right hand man, has
disappeared from public view after the news came out.
In addition there is plethora of murders of Black youths in
Chicago who never received the kind of attention the
shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has been receiving.
It is to be hoped that the followers of Minister Farrakhan
and W.D. Muhammad will catch up with the Israeli-American,
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and question him about the closings and
March 22: Even Palestinian dust flies up against Obama. A
dust storm forced Obama off his helicopter. He had to go by
land to Bethlehem. Thus Allah forced him to see the Israeli
check points and the settlements set up where Christian
Palestinians used to live.
Obama's Surreal Visit to Israel: Is he being Used?
March 19: "Barack!" "Bi Bi" They were calling each other by
first names as if it was a family get together.
The meeting took place in the Israeli's house in Jerusalem.
The city is under Israeli occupation but "Barack" seemed to
have swallowed the Jewish story that it is Israel's "eternal
capital." [The Jewish entity was imposed on Palestine by
the victors of the Second World War in 1948!]
The press conference was boring in the extreme.: The usual
affirmations of love by Obama and the grudging [I hope
you'll do more] banalities by Natanyahoo.]
Obama heard that a couple of rockets fired from Gaza had
fallen into occupied Palestine. These were symbolic gestures
by Palestinians. Homemade fire crackers which didn't kill
even one of the occupiers. Obama immediately issued a
Natanyahoo announced that Israel is going to get a massive
new package of weaponry from "the Black Messiah" in addition
to its regular bleeding of America's tax payers,.
The intelligence agencies of both sides are now united in
spirit and fact, the two affirmed.
Then came the usual threats against Iran: "All options are
on the table." Iran is not impressed. It has quietly
absorbed the sanctions. [The Israeli President expressed his
confidence that Obama is ready to attack Iran. The signal
will come from Israel and the "Black Messiah" who has
deserted the Black people of America, with soaring rates of
unemployment, record rates in Detroit, will plunge America
into another senseless war.]
The Victims "Deserve" To Get Something: Obama's Crumb to the
Gaza? What Gaza?
March 20: In a visit with Mahmoud Abbas whom the Americans
want as the leader of Palestine [don't laugh!], Obama
proclaimed that the Palestinians deserve to have a state of
their own! Telling the victims that they "deserve" a rump
state is the height of arrogance. This time Obama did not
show concern even for Jewish settlements on Palestnian land
set up during the last few years. Last time the Jews "cussed
him out" after he begged them to stop building in the new
Obama pretends that Hamas and Palestinians not controlled by
Abbas are not Palestinians. Twice Israel has assaulted Gaza
and slaughtered hundreds of defenseless people. Israel used
late model jets, helicopter gunships, tanks and heavy
artillery . The Jewish bombers used phosphorous. Among the
Palestinians killed were scores of children.
For Obama, Israeli crimes against humanity come under the
rubric of "Israel has the right to defend itself." No wonder
the Jews gave him the Nobel Prize for Peace!
Medeleine Albright, the Jewish adviser of Clinton, said
about dead Iraqi children that the million who died a slow
death were "worth it." People are now wondering if 9.11 was
Osama bin Laden's response to the one million Iraqis dead
under the sanctions.
But note: Medeleine Albright, thoroughly Jewish and Israel
Firster though she was, at least recognized that Iraqi
children had died [though it was a slow death], but Obama
has gone one better. He pretends that Gaza doesn't exist!
This is equal to the Israeli Jew's statement who said:
Palestinians? What Palestinians?
Has Obama Studied the Holocaust story? Or is he Jewish
No one says the Jews didn't suffer. What about Afghans,
Kashmiris, Palestinians, Iraqis, Africans, Russians,
Germans, Japanese, Chinese?
One would expect that Obama would be interested in the 400
year long horrors of slavery. Instead he is fascinated by
the 4 years of German persecution of Jews.
Some observers are under the impression that Obama is a Jew.
The depth of his Jewish ritualism creates that impression.
Just as he gave his 100% support to homosexuality, Obama has
given his 100% support to the Jewish holocaust story.
We urge supporters of Obama to study scholarly works by
critics of the holocaust narrative. None of them are Nazis
and their scholarship is at such a high level that the
entire mainstream media has censored them for fear that the
government story would be debunked and emotional support for
Israel would end.
None of the scholars says that nothing happened to the Jews.
There is no doubt in anybody's mind that the Jews suffered
tremendously at the hands of Adolph Hitler. However, the
scholars say that the reports are grossly exaggerated and
there is no evidence that there were German gas chambers for
Also, there was a great war going on. All the nations
suffered , the Russians most of all, followed by the
Germans. The cities of Germany, all of them without
exception, were set on fire and burned down systematically
even when they were defenseless after December 1944 when the
German air force had become largely unable to defend the
cities and was only operative on the front lines.
Read the monumental works and articles by Germar Rudolf,
David Irving, Mark Weber, Bradley, Lawson, Butz and others.
[Some of these are available from New Trend. Go to
, click on NEWS, click on books and make your
Obama, Peres and Netanyahu at Yad Vashem. Photo by AFP all
courtesy : Haaretz
Iraq War Document. Shi'ite Death Squads and US Special
[Please keep children away. Ed] [Scroll way down.]
The US was forced to withdraw inilaterally from Iraq. The
Islamic resistance led by Islamic elements of al-Ba'ath of
Saddam plus al-Qaeda in Iraq fought so long and so hard that
the US was defeated. The American public voted Obama into
power on the basis of his promises that he would withdraw
from Iraq, which he had to in any case.
Eastern Iraq is under the rule of the al-Maliki regime
installed by the US and supported by Iran.
However western Iraq is under the control of al-Ba'ath
Islamic groups and al-Qaeda and various smaller Islamics.
Parts of the West are under Sunni groups which sold out to
In the north pro-US Kurds are in control but areas around
Mosul are under al-Qaeda as are parts of the north east.
Baghdad itself, a huge city, is divided three way between
Shias, Baathists and al-Qaeda.
A look back at the British role in the Iraq Invasion
by Anthony Lawson
Gordon Brown's Shocking - "It was the right decision"
Hitler's Secret Indian Army
... Thousands of Indian soldiers who had joined Britain in
the fight against fascism swapped their oaths to the British
king for others to Adolf Hitler - an astonishing tale of
loyalty, despair and betrayal that threatened to rock
British rule in India, known as the Raj. The story the
German officers told their interrogators began in Berlin on
3 April 1941. This was the date that the left-wing Indian
revolutionary leader, Subhas Chandra Bose, arrived in the
German capital ... By the end of 1941, Hitler's regime
officially recognised his provisional "Free India
Government" in exile, and even agreed to help Chandra Bose
raise an army to fight for his cause.
Imran Khan Promises Justice and a new Leadership Style.
March 23. Imran Khan, leader of the Justice Party, spoke
near the Pakistan memorial to a very large crowd of secular
level opponents of the outgoing government of Zardari.
He promised justice, an end to corruption, as well as
Imran spoke against the US drone attacks as well as
government atrocities in Baluchistan
However, earlier at a press conference, he said that we
cannot fight America or free Kashmir by fighting.
During his speech there was a monster rain storm and the
meeting was severely disturbed.
The same day there was a US drone attack in North Waziristan
in which 4 "suspected" militants were killed.
According to Fox TV, March 20, the latest polls show that
Pakistanis lead the entire world in opposition to America
followed by 7 other Muslim countries.
Top Scientist Promises Justice for the Masses & Terror for
enemies of the Nation.
LAHORE, Mar. 22; Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer khan, has
said he would not rest until those who rendered the country
bankrupt had their securities forfeited in the
Addressing a big public election meeting of the Jamaat e
Islami candidate from NA 128 at Raiwind, Mian ahoor Ahmed
Wattoo, Friday afternoon, he declared that voting for the
Jamaat e Islami candidates would be tantamount to voting for
Dr. Khan, Chairman of the Tehrik e Tahafuz e Pakistan (TTP),
which has been allotted missile as election symbol, said
that while scale symbolized justice, missile stood for
" We have a message of terror for the enemies of Islam and
Pakistan and a message of justice and fair play for the
masses," said the father of the country's atomic bomb. "We
will provide security to the masses and ensure them equality
and we will give a deadly blow to the enemy," he said.
He reiterated his appeal to the students and the youth to
come out of their homes and hearths and convince the people
to vote for the scale.
Dr A.Q. Khan said that the Jamaat e Islami is a spiritual
force while he had made the country a nuclear power. Both
these forces would Inshallah, defeat the enemies of Islam
and Pakistan in the coming elections, he said.
He said during the last five years, the rulers had made the
country bankrupt and the nation was in the grip of price
hike, unemployment and poverty. We have decided to join
hands with the Jamaat e Islami for building Pakistan a truly
respectable state in every respect, he added.
" If you don't support me in the elections, this would mean
we are among hypocrites," he added.
In his address, Liaqat Baloch said that Dr A.
Q. Khan had made the country a nuclear state because of
which India and Israel could not dare to cast an evil eye on
it. He said the JI and Dr A.Q. Khan would build the country
a welfare state where the poor and the common man regained
Mian Zahoor Wattoo welcomed the chief guest on the occasion.
Our America [With thanks to Br. Abu Talib.]
Response to the Village Voice:
People Rose Up in Righteous Protest Against Murder of Kimani
Gray - And They Should Be Supported
March 22, 2013 | Revolutionnewspaper | revcom.us
The righteous uprising of the youth of East Flatbush and
others from across the city of NY who were outraged by the
murder of Kimani Gray has been met with riot-clad,
baton-wielding cops and mass arrests. Accompanying these
assaults has been a chorus of NYC elected officials,
"community leaders" and others in NY and across the country
who are "appealing for calm" and "furious" over those from
"outside the community" who supposedly are inciting very
angry youth to resist. The message? The youth are easily
manipulated and NOT actually fed up with the dead end future
they are trapped in and seeing and protesting the murder of
Kimani as a concentration of that ugly future. And the
further message: The youth should refuse to unite with those
who are joining them in struggle.
But this is wrong...this struggle--which is just and not
futile or destructive--is most welcome and in the interests
of all the people. It is right to stand up and resist.
Now, this chorus has been joined by the Village Voice, a
paper which began as an alternative and progressive paper,
but this week joins in on the reactionary attacks on the
people who are rising up in East Flatbush. In a major
article published in March called "Everybody Wants a Piece
of Kimani Gray" the Village Voice characterizes the outraged
youth as emotional and basically unthinking in their
struggle while at the same time describing the situation
with Kimani's murder as "complicated." It ridicules the
struggle: "The rolling protests and unrest that have roiled
East Flatbush for the past week have at times felt like a
21st-century Bonfire of the Vanities, a dysfunctional and
tragicomic variety show, as postures of rage and ideology,
solidarity and self-promotion share the stage, and moments
of dark absurdity overlie stark calamity." Fuck you Village
Voice. It's a fine thing that people are rising up against
yet one more outrage perpetrated on the people.
First, ask yourself: In a country where the police murder of
a Black youth is so routine that most people are not aware
of how often this happens, if there had not been the
outpouring of resistance in response to this callous murder,
what would be the outcome? Would anyone even know about it?
Would this murder and uprising be a subject of discussion on
airwaves across the country? Wouldn't the only story out
there be the enforcers' picture of Kimani as a gang banger
with a gun who deserved to die and the police as heroes?
Would there be any hope of justice?
And then think about this: Is it a bad thing or a good thing
if youth are joining with each other and others, raising
their heads and beginning to go up against those who
maintain a boot on their neck? Is it a bad thing or a good
thing if, now, the youth are acting on their outrage and
hopes for something different? Is it a good thing or a bad
thing if people from different backgrounds and from across
the city are a part of the struggle to demand justice for
Kimani and calling out the continual brutality the police
inflict on people?
Let's be real: The powers-that-be, including elected
officials, like city councilman Jumaane Williams, fear this
kind of awakening and rebellion on the part of the people on
the bottom. They also fear the unity that is being built
between different kinds of people. With such outbreaks of
struggle the nature and legitimacy of this whole
set-up/system get called into question. People begin to ask
big questions. And those defenders of this system also go
into high gear, working overtime to shut down the struggle
and steer and confine the resistance of broad numbers of
people into "acceptable" channels which don't challenge the
So, what's the real deal? What riled up the youth--and broad
numbers of people--was the murder of Kimani, and the
brutal--and constant--repression the Black and Latino youth
face at the hands of the police. People were saying NO MORE!
The source of the unrest is the actions of the police, not
the actions of people in the community "riled up by
outsiders"! And to these mouthpieces for the system
(including those who speak in the Village Voice), we say
there are no outsiders in the struggle against injustice and
oppression. If you didn't live in Sanford, Florida, should
you not have said anything about the murder of Trayvon
Martin? If you are the parent of a child killed by the
police in a DIFFERENT neighborhood, are you supposed to be
silent? Are you an "outsider" stirring up trouble if you
speak out against injustice, the thousands of murders of
Black and Latino youth by the police, if you join in protest
against these crimes which happen every day in this society?
Actually, we need to squarely face the fact that far too
many people have stood aside and been silent when Black,
Latino and other youth have been gunned down by the police
and/or railroaded to prison. It is a very good thing that
people from across the city of New York--from beyond the
community of East Flatbush--have joined in the protests and
uprising. And many more need to protest this murder and the
massive incarceration of over 2 million people in this
society, mainly Black and Latino.
And to the Village Voice we say: NO, IT'S NOT F...ING
COMPLICATED. As Carl Dix said: "There are only 2 sides in
this struggle--either you stand with the people against the
repression they face or, whatever your intentions, you're
siding with those who carry out this repression." The
Village Voice should be ashamed for giving its backing to
those who are condemning these actions and calling for an
end to the righteous struggle. The police murdered Kimani
Gray as a part of their ongoing terror and brutalization.
[With thanks to Br. Hussain Khan in Tokyo, Japan, scholar,
teacher and dai' of peaceful Islamic transformation.]
A VIDEO OF AMERICAN TORTURE IN IRAQ
Maggie O'Kane, Executive Producer, tells the story revealed
by the Guardian documentary about the role of Col. James
Steele in supporting torture, death squads and brutal
sectarian conflict during the height of the Iraq war.
Steel's reports went directly to Rumsfeld and Cheney.
PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News
Network. I'm Paul Jay.
A new investigative documentary by The Guardian and BBC
tells a story of one Colonel James Steele, a veteran of the
Latin American Dirty War and the Vietnam War and his
involvement in the Iraq War. Apparently, Colonel Steele was
involved in helping organize and finance Shia death squads,
torture, helping to instigate, perhaps, the civil war in
Iraq. His reports went directly to the desks of Rumsfeld and
Now here's a trailer, five-minute trailer from the
documentary film. And after that, we'll meet the executive
producer of the project.
SOLDIER (SINGING): First to fight for the right and to build
a nation right, and the army goes rolling along.
NARRATOR: This is one of the great untold stories of the
Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the
United States funded a sectarian police commando force that
set up a network of torture centers to fight the insurgency.
It was a decision that helped fuel a sectarian civil war
between Shia and Sunni that ripped the country apart. At its
height, it was claiming 3,000 victims a month.
This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of
America's Dirty War in El Salvador. He was in charge of the
U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary
units to fight left-wing guerrillas. In the course of that
civil war, 75,000 people died and over 1 million people
Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with
General David Petraeus to organize these paramilitary police
This is the only known Iraqi video footage of Steele, a
shadowy figure always in the background observing,
evaluating. The man on his left is his collaborator, Colonel
James Kaufmann. He reported directly to General David
Petraeus, who funded this police commando force from a
multibillion dollar fund.
The thousands of commandos that Steele let loose came to be
mostly made up of Shia militias, like the Badr Brigades,
hungry to take revenge on the Sunni supporters of Saddam
Steele oversaw the commandos, mostly made up of militias.
They were torturing detainees for information on the
GILLES PERESS, PHOTOJOURNALIST: He hears the scream of the
other guy who's being tortured, you know, as we speak. There
is the blood stains in, you know, the corner of the desk in
front of him.
GENERAL MUNTADHER AL-SAMARI, IRAQI MINISTRY OF INTERIOR,
2003-2005 (VOICEOVER TRANSL.): The things that went on
there--drilling, murder, torture, the ugliest sorts of
torture I've ever seen.
VOICEOVER: The U.S. was desperate for information on the
insurgency, and Steele's expertise was turning that
information obtained from thousands of detainees into
TODD GREENTREE, U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIAL, EL SALVADOR,
1980-1984: Colonel Steele is one of the few people who
understands how to conduct intelligence-driven operations
against operational cells of an insurgency or terrorist
NARRATOR: The Iraqi leader of these feared commandos was
Adnan Thabit. In the city of Samarrah, his commandos and
their American advisers turned the main library into a
detention center, where torture was a routine occurrence.
PERESS: We were in a room in the library interviewing
Steele, and I was looking around. I see blood everywhere.
PETER MAASS, NEW YORK TIMES JOURNALIST: There were these
terrible screams. There was somebody shouting, "Allah!
Allah! Allah!" But it wasn't, you know, kind of religious
ecstasy or something like that; these were screams of pain
GENERAL ADNAN THABIT, COMMANDER OF SPECIAL POLICE COMMANDOS,
2004-2006 (VOICEOVER TRANSL.): The prisoners do start
shouting. They are a bit like whirling dervishes. They love
to scream Allah, Allah.
JERRY BURKE, CHIEF POLICY ADVISER TO IRAQI MINISTRY OF
INTERIOR, 2003-2004: We lost the support of a lot of Iraqi
citizens who became very cynical and very anti-American.
Even the ones who were friendly with us couldn't understand
why we were allowing this to happen.
VOICEOVER: The commandos quickly grew into a powerful
12,000-strong force with a national network of torture
centers. They became involved in death squad activities.
They were completely infiltrated by the Shia militias. But
General Petraeus claimed not to see that coming.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS, MULTINATIONAL SECURITY
TRANSITION COMMAND, IRAQ, 2003-2005: We kept hearing this
all the time, Martin, that--this or that. To find the
absolute evidence of this has actually been quite difficult.
BURKE: Pretty much the whole world in Iraq knew that the
police commandos were Badr Brigade. He must have known about
the death squad activities. It was common knowledge across
VOICEOVER: The Bush administration also denied any knowledge
of these death squad activities.
DONALD RUMSFELD, U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: I've not seen
reports that hundreds are being killed by roving death
squads at all. I'm not going to get into speculation like
VOICEOVER: But the bodies were turning up every day on the
streets of Baghdad. Many of the victims were so badly
tortured they could not be identified. Those who couldn't be
named found a final resting place in desolate town dumps
like this one. A rusty tin can marks each grave.
James Steele was decorated by Donald Rumsfeld for his work
in Iraq. He lives in Texas. He is registered with the
Motivational Speakers Bureau to give speeches about
counterinsurgency and his experience in conflict zones.
Bangladesh: Resist pressure to push for death sentences at
war crimes tribunal
The Bangladesh government must not let a proposed new legal
amendment lead to a push for death sentences for those
convicted in its ongoing war crimes tribunal, Amnesty
Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) was set up
in 2010 to try people suspected of crimes under
international law, including genocide, war crimes and crimes
against humanity, committed during the country's 1971 war of
On Sunday, Parliament is likely to pass an amendment to the
law governing the ICT's proceedings, which will enable
prosecutors to appeal for the death penalty for those
sentenced to imprisonment in the tribunal. Current
procedures allow the defence the right to appeal in all
circumstances, but permit the prosecution to appeal only
against an acquittal.
"Given the extremely tense situation in Bangladesh, there is
a real risk that the government will use this amendment to
push for those tried in the ICT to be sentenced to death,"
said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International's Bangladesh
"We urge the government to resist this. The death penalty is
the ultimate cruel and inhuman form of punishment, and the
government should abolish it altogether, not call for
The amendment, proposed by Bangladesh's Cabinet, will allow
the prosecution an equal right to appeal sentences handed
down by the ICT - creating an opening for the prosecution to
ask the Supreme Court to increase sentences of imprisonment
to death sentences.
The ICT delivered its first verdict in absentia on 21
January 2013, sentencing one of the accused, Abul Kalam
Azad, to death for crimes against humanity. Azad's defence
intends to appeal the verdict.
On 5 February, the ICT sentenced Abdul Quader Molla, a
senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami (an opposition party), to
life imprisonment for crimes against humanity.
That second verdict sparked mass protests across Bangladesh
with tens of thousands of people rallying in Dhaka calling
for the death penalty for Molla. Opposition activists have
called both verdicts politically motivated
A further seven individuals, all members of political
opposition parties, are currently on trial in the ICT.
"The ICT is a historic opportunity to end over 40 years of
impunity for the horrendous crimes committed during
Bangladesh's independence war," Faiz said. "Victims deserve
justice, but the accused also must have their human rights
respected. Imposing the death penalty, which is a human
rights violation, is not the answer."
"The government must not simply use their majority in
Parliament to change the law so that they can ask the
Supreme Court to impose a death sentence."
"This is the time for a calm and considered approach to
these trials, if they are to bring justice and help ensure
redress for the victims of the mass scale human rights
violations in 1971. The government must ensure that the ICT
maintains its independence and does not come under pressure
from the public and the authorities to deliver the verdict
that they want."
Amnesty International has also received disturbing reports
that some individuals critical of the ICT have been
threatened and may be at risk of retaliatory violence.
"It is absolutely vital that the government ensures that
those critical of the ICT are given protection and do not
have to fear for their safety simply for exercising their
right to freedom of expression," Faiz said.
"People must be able to express their views about these
trials freely and without being subjected to harassment or
intimidation, and without fear of retaliation."
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases
without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances
of the crime, as a violation of the right to life as
proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
as the ultimate cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
The International Criminal Court and all other international
criminal courts established since 1993 have excluded the
death penalty as a sentence for crimes against humanity, war
crimes, and genocide.
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