|This Dhaka grave digger had no hearing or speech, but still told the truth about the bodies he buried that night. |
Lord protect him and inspire us with his morality.
With a welcome, surprisingly balanced but late Al Jazeera news piece on Tuesday (14th May), the government-leaning human rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) finally made a statement today (16th May), ten days after the killings. By contrast, the pro-opposition Odhikar made its first statement on 7th May. The ASK statement pasted below concentrates of entrenching government propaganda and red herrings, here it is below.
|Statement on the website of ASK a prominent human rights organisation and gatekeeper.|
The date of the web page is 16th May, though the Bengali version carries a date of 13th.
Come, visit Bangladesh, where covering, covering up and recovering injustice is perhaps the biggest industry.
Who's Human Rights?
It should be noted that despite the rhetoric and funding, human rights are not for all in Bangladesh, but usually a for strategic and unchallenging few as well as the cameras. Although the 6th May Motijheel Massacre bears witness to many ills in Bangladeshi society, the most striking is of a donor-fattened corporate NGO class that is self-serving and incapable of seeing common humanity through its narrow ideological worldview. Such selective humanitarianism it important to call out loudly and internationally, as its sub-national and transnational politics is often glossed over and erased by its privileged native informants.
Framing the dead, diplomatically
|Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is on a damage control|
Dr Moni, the international mouthpiece of this callous regime, is busy in the USA of late, addressing the party faithful (in Bangla) among the New York Bangladeshi diaspora, on Monday and scheduled in Washington DC to meet Secretary of State John Kerry tomorrow (17th). As 'US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes' Stephen Rapp has been in Bangladesh over the past few days talking to people, it is difficult to know whether this meeting will be to receive further instructions or a scolding.
One can anticipate the Awami League government doing what it does best, accusing its opposition of what it is accused of by them, and playing the bulwark against fundamentalism. I cannot stand this injustice, can you?