We are also barred from seeking justice: PM Hasina
Dhaka, August 17: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "Bangladesh witnessed gross violations of human rights during the long military rule after the August 15, 1975 massacre. We were even prevented from seeking justice." The Prime Minister said this in a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at Ganabhaban on Wednesday (August 17).
After the meeting, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the journalists. He said, in the meeting, they discussed the current world issues and agreed that the pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war, sanctions and counter-sanctions have created a global crisis.
The Prime Minister said that on August 15, 1975, then President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were brutally killed. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister told Michelle Bachelet that she and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana survived the massacre because they were abroad.
Sheikh Hasina said that the then army-backed government had issued an indemnity ordinance to stop the trial of that murder. Referring to those returning from forced exile, she said, due to that ordinance, they have been prevented from seeking justice.
The Prime Minister said that the then military government rehabilitated Bangabandhu's murderers and war criminals into politics. Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner and two-time Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said that her family had to suffer inhuman torture like the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, when a tyrannical government was in power in her country.
Michelle Bachelet said she was "deeply moved" by visiting the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
On the Rohingya issue, the Prime Minister said, Myanmar does not deny that the Rohingya are its citizens. But they are yet to respond to the repatriation of their displaced citizens. She said, Myanmar should take their citizens back to the country.