Shahbugh Uprising: People, Power and Politics


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The war crime tribunal has already given verdict against war crime of Bachchu Razarkar as death penalty and Razarkar Quader Molla as life imprisonment. The people welcomed the verdicts of Bachchu Razakar. But hearing the verdict against Razarkar Quader Molla, people of Bangladesh astonished as like me. The angers broke out when the bloggers and online activists took places at Shahbugh intersection protesting the verdicts and demanding death penalty to Razarkar Quader Molla.

Thousands and thousands people gathered at Shahbugh and sat down to hear death penalty of war criminals including Razakar Quader Molla. Shahbugh creates a history to rethink the relation between People and Power & Politics.

05 February 2013, Tuesday: Quader Molla handed life term : The international crimes tribunal on Tuesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami  leader Abdul Quader Molla to life term imprisonment for committing mass murder and rape during the country’s War of Liberation in 1971. A three-member International Crimes Tribunal-2 delivered the historic judgment against Quader, an assistant secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, in the crowded courtroom at Old High Court building in tight security.

11Freedom Fighters, Citizen frustrated: Freedom fighters, cultural activists and people from different sections expressed frustration at the international crimes tribunal’s verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla and demanded capital punishment for the crimes he had committed in 1971. The citizens in their reaction said that to the verdict had disappointed them saying that the tribunal had given Quader Molla lighter punishment compared to the crimes had had committed.

REACTION PUBLISHED IN DAILY NEW AGE

Mossarraf Hossain, War-wounded freedom fighter shouted, `We cannot accept the verdict.’ Writer Mujtaba Ahmed Murshed, son of freedom fighter Md Azizul Rahman of Sector-7, and freedom fighter Zahir Uddin Jalal also said expressed their frustration over the verdict.

Hafiz Mahbubur Rahman, Presidium member of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad said, `We did not expect such punishment for the grave crimes Quader Molla committed. Quader Molla deserves capital punishment’.

Rokeya Kabir, Women Freedom Fighter said, ` the punishment had been lighter considering the offenses Quader Molla had committed during the War of Liberation. We did not get justice’.

Anwar Hossain , Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University said, `the verdict has frustrated me. Five of the six specific charges have been proved against Quader Molla. The crimes he committed against humanity, including killing, massacre and rape, have been proved beyond doubt. I am disappointed after hearing that he has been handed life term imprisonment’.

Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachchu, Cultural Activists and Freedom Fighter said, who have been campaigning for the trial for long, expressed his disappointment soon after the verdict was pronounced by the tribunal and said, `We did not expect this verdict as the charge of murder of poet Meherunnesa against him as been proved.’ ‘We are disappointed as the tribunal did not order his execution. But we uphold the dignity of the tribunal, We have no confusion about the proceedings. The prosecution should appeal against the verdict.’ 

Sultana Kamal, An lawyer and Executive Director, Ain O Shalish Kendra said, ` I did not comments until see the full text of the judgement.’

Abu Sayeed, a security officer at the Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council office said, ` I had witnessed how Quader had killed freedom fighters and innocent people at Mirpur during the war. He must be hanged.’ 

Shilpi Rahman, service holder and resident of Shyamali area said, ‘The verdict is not acceptable.’ Dhaka University student Tareq Mahmud, said, ‘The hearts of 16 billion people were broken by the verdict.’ Rickshaw puller Shahajan Khan of Shahbag area feared that the other accused might be given lighter punishments like that of  Quader Molla.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Bangladesh: Life Sentence in Bangladesh War Crimes Trail, The New York Times: A war crimes tribunal on Tuesday sentenced a senior leader of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist party to life in prison, in a trial that reopened the wounds of Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war………Critics accuse the prime minister of using the tribunal as a political weapon against opposition parties.

Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to life in prison for war crimes, Reuters: A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced a senior leader of the country’s biggest Islamist party to life in prison on Tuesday, the second verdict in trials that have reopened wounds about the country’s independence war and sparked riots.

Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.
VOA: Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.

Bangladeshi Tribunal Convicts Islamist Leaders for War Crimes, VOA: A special court in Bangladesh has sentenced a senior Islamist opposition official to life in prison for his role during the country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.He is the first politician to be convicted by the controversial tribunal, which is trying those suspected of war crimes during the nine-month conflict that killed about 3 million people. Authorities say the Islamist leaders collaborated with the Pakistani army to commit atrocities during the war. International rights groups have said the tribunal’s legal procedures fall short of international standards. And Islamists say the tribunal was set up to target the government’s political opponents.

Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes: Abdul Qader Molla, senior Jamaat-e-Islami party leader, sentenced to life for crimes against humanity during 1971 war: AL JAZEERA: A Bangladesh war-crimes tribunal has sentenced a senior leader of the country’s biggest Islamist party to life in prison, the second verdict in trials that have reopened wounds about the country’s independence war and sparked riots.  Abdul Qader Mollah, 64, was found guilty on Tuesday of charges including murder, rape, torture and arson during Bangladesh’s war to break away from Pakistan in 1971………………But critics say she is using the tribunal against members of the two biggest opposition parties, the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami.  Begum Khaleda Zia, Hasina’s arch rival and leader of the BNP, has called the tribunal a “farce”.  The ruling Awami League party has rejected accusations that the tribunal is biased but it has been criticised by human rights groups for failing to adhere to standards of international law. Awami League leaders said on Tuesday they were also displeased over the tribunal’s verdict. “It did not reflect people’s expectations,” Qamrul Islam, state minister for law, said.

Strike over war crimes trial hits Bangladesh: Associate Press (AP) through Yahoo News: A Bangladeshi tribunal has sentenced a leader of the country’s main Islamic party to life in jail for his role during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The tribunal pronounced the verdict Tuesday against Abdul Quader Mollah in a packed courtroom at the High Court premises in Dhaka. Mollah was indicted last year on six war crimes charges, including mass murder, conspiracy and instigation in 1971. A former party member was sentenced to death last month.

Riots hit Bangladesh ahead of war crimes verdict: AFP through The Hindustan Times: A man was burnt to death as riots rocked Dhaka ahead of a verdict on Tuesday against a senior Islamist opposition official accused of genocide during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.   Abdul Quader Molla, 64, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, could be sentenced to death by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal following charges of rape, genocide and murder.  Jamaat announced a nationwide strike on Tuesday after the tribunal on Monday announced the verdict would be delivered the following day. Jamaat warned it would resist at any cost a “government blueprint” to execute its leaders………Both Jamaat and the main opposition BNP have labelled the cases “show trials” aimed at barring the leaders from upcoming polls. International rights groups have questioned the proceedings.

Bangladesh: Opposition party chief given life sentence for war crimes: The Independent, UK: The Bangladeshi government has deployed its paramilitary Border Guard on the streets of Dhaka after a war crimes tribunal convicted a leading member of the country’s main Islamic party of five offences of crimes against humanity during the country’s war for independence in 1971.  Abdul Quader Mollah, an assistant general secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami party –  part of the main opposition alliance – was sentenced to life imprisonment in a packed court room in Dhaka. A death sentence had been expected, but Toby Cadman, an international human rights barrister who was part of Mollah’s defence team, said that he was “appalled” by the decision. “This has very little to do with justice and the whole process has been tainted by allegations of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct,” he said.

BBC: Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami have staged protests in Dhaka
BBC: Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami have staged protests in Dhaka

Bangladesh: Abdul Kader Mollah gets life sentence for war crimes: BBC: A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has found a leader of the main Islamist party guilty of crimes against humanity during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971. Abdul Kader Mullah of Jamaat-e-Islami, who denied all the charges, was sentenced to life in prison. Official estimates say more than three million people were killed in the war. But the trial has sparked protests from supporters who accuse the government of pursuing a political vendetta. Jamaat has called a national strike for Tuesday, and clashes between police and protesters broke out in Dhaka and several other cities………Bangladesh government figures estimate more than three million people were killed during the independence war, although some researchers put the figure at between 300,000 and 500,000. [BLOGGER NOTE: BBC intentionally put the ill-motivated red-marked figures. The picture which has been used in news is totally fake which misinterpreted the situation. There have not made any protest in Bangladesh from Jamaat-Shibir]

Protesters in Dhaka demand release of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders accused of committing war crimes during 1971 independence war. Photograph: Firoz Ahmed/ firoz ahmed/Demotix/Corbis
Protesters in Dhaka demand release of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders accused of committing war crimes during 1971 independence war. Photograph: Firoz Ahmed/ firoz ahmed/Demotix/Corbis

Bangladesh jails Islamic party leader for life: sentencing of Abdul Quader Mollah for role in independence war against Pakistan in 1971 sparks clashes in Dhaka, The Guardian: A Bangladeshi tribunal has sentenced a leader of the country’s main Islamic party to life in jail for his role during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The tribunal pronounced the verdict on Tuesday against Abdul Quader Mollah in a packed courtroom at the high court in Dhaka. His Jamaat-e-Islami party had ordered a general strike that shut down schools and shops and halted most traffic in Dhaka………. International human rights groups have raised questions about the conduct of the tribunals, including the disappearance of a defence witness outside the courthouse gates. Jamaat-e-Islami was a key partner in the former government of Khaleda Zia, a longtime political rival of Hasina. Zia has called the tribunal a farce, while Hasina has urged Zia to stop backing those she says fought against independence.

Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentences Islamic party leader to life in jail, sparking unrest, The Washington Post: DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Bangladeshi tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war sentenced a leader of an Islamic opposition party to life in prison Tuesday, sparking street clashes with police that killed two people and injured dozens more. Opposition leaders have criticized the war crimes trials, held 40 years after the country won independence from Pakistan, as an effort to weaken challengers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government, and human rights groups have raised concerns about their fairness. In a packed courtroom at the High Court in Dhaka, Judge Obaidul Hasan pronounced Abdul Quader Mollah guilty of killing a student and a family of 11 and of aiding Pakistani troops in killing 369 others. Defense lawyer Abdur Razzaq said he will appeal the verdict.

ONLINE MEDIA MADE A REVOLUTION
Some Blogger and Online Activists  became frustrated hearing the verdict against Quder Molla and decided to protest with near and there friends. They wrote Facebook status to join the protest against the verdicts. Hundreds of the associated friends gathered in front of the National Museum, Shahbugh and organized a human chain protesting the verdicts. People joined the human chain spontaneously and it crossed thousands. Then the organizers inspired to march towards the Shahbugh intersection to create a road blockade. After reaching the march in Shahbugh intersection, the march found more and more people joined in the road blockade and an increasing trends also found.

প্রথম দিন বিকেল সাড়ে ৪টায় শাহবাগ মোড়ে, যখন আমরা প্রথম সার্কেল করে দাঁড়াই। তখন জানতাম না আমাদের এই শুরুটাই ইতিহাস হয়ে যাবে! ব্যানারে সুপ্রীতি দি, নাহিদ আপা সহ নাম না জানা আরো অনেকে। সামনে দাঁড়িয়ে শ্লোগান দিচ্ছিলাম। সবার মুখেই ছিল একই শ্লোগান...এই রায় মানি না, ফাঁসি চাই ফাঁসি চাই। ফাঁসি চাই ফাঁসি চাই, রাজাকারদের ফাঁসি চাই। — with Supriti Dhar. [Facebook Status of Kanak Barman]
প্রথম দিন বিকেল সাড়ে ৪টায় শাহবাগ মোড়ে, যখন আমরা প্রথম সার্কেল করে দাঁড়াই। তখন জানতাম না আমাদের এই শুরুটাই ইতিহাস হয়ে যাবে! ব্যানারে সুপ্রীতি দি, নাহিদ আপা সহ নাম না জানা আরো অনেকে। সামনে দাঁড়িয়ে শ্লোগান দিচ্ছিলাম। সবার মুখেই ছিল একই শ্লোগান…এই রায় মানি না, ফাঁসি চাই ফাঁসি চাই। ফাঁসি চাই ফাঁসি চাই, রাজাকারদের ফাঁসি চাই। — with Supriti Dhar. [Facebook Status of Kanak Barman]
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At the evening of 05 February 2013

The students from different identities joined as individual in the road blockade and the history created. The students and youths lighted in the candles and made a circle in the Shahbugh intersection. They declared that they will not return home without getting capital punishment of war criminals including Adul Qader Molla. After hearing the news of road blockade in Shahbugh through Television, blogs, facebook; people from all corners of Dhaka city joined in the road blockade and joined in the voice to demand capital punishment of war criminals.

07 FEBRUARY 2013, THURSDAY

Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN human rights experts urge Bangladesh to ensure fair trials for past crimes, UN News Centre: 7 February 2013 – Two independent United Nations human rights experts today stressed that justice for past crimes in Bangladesh requires fair trials, after voicing concern at recent sentences, including the death penalty, handed down in cases that did not ensure due process. The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh recently sentenced Abdul Kalam Azad to death, following a trial conducted in absentia that did not provide for all the guarantees of a fair trial and due process, states a news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

08 FEBRUARY 2013, FRIDAY

MASS RALLY & PUBLIC MEETING

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INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

People from all walks of life went to the demonstration
People from all walks of life went to the demonstration

BBC News: Huge Bangladesh Rally seeks death penalty of war crimes: Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have joined protests in Dhaka to demand the death penalty for a political leader convicted of war crimes. Protests have grown since Abdul Kader Mullah was given life on Tuesday for crimes including torture, murder and rape during the 1971 independence war.

এই ছবিটার মতই সমস্ত ভার্চুয়াল জগতে ফটোশপের কারিশমা চালাচ্ছে কারা , তাদের আপনি চিনেনহাজার হাজার ফেইক আইডি তৈরী করে …যারা প্রোপাগান্ডা ছড়াচ্ছে ফেসবুকে, ধর্মীয় অনুভুতিতে আঘাত করছে মানুষের, তাদের বিরুদ্ধে সোচ্চার হৌন।

CYBER WAR: The bloggers and online activists attacked cyber criminals who were trying to mislead the uprising using blogs, twitters, Facebook and mobile phone. The cyber criminals created some controversial pictures and speechs and circulated it virtual world to mislead the people. The online activists attacked these cyber criminals through explaining the real situation.

The activists of Shahbugh Uprising prepared a dummy hanging stage in Shahbugh and a few people made a dummy execution of the hanging trial. The cyber criminals circulated a news editing the picture by Photoshop that a people died by dummy hanging trial stage. The cyber criminals circulated another fake picture where a description were given that a women police were raped by student wings of government.

The Online Activists attacked these cyber criminals explaining the real situation comparing the circulated news and picture with real news and picture. [Courtesy: Mohammad Shamim shared BANGLADESH AWAMI LEAGUE..JOY BANGLA JOY BONGOBONDHU‘s photo.]

Another Cyber Attack:

হায়রে আবাল শিবির ফটোশপটাও ঠিকমত শিখতে পারলি না । কিছুক্ষণ আগে পোস্ট দিয়েছিলাম যে শিবির অনলাইনে বিভিন্ন রকম ভূয়া নিউজ প্রচার করে মানুষ কে বিভ্রান্ত করার চেষ্টা করছে । এমনই আরেকটা ভূয়া নিউজ দেখুন নিচের ছবিতে।মার্ক করা ছবিটি এডিট করা । আসল ছবি বামেরটা । শাহবাগ থাকি আমরা আমরাই ভাল জানি কাদের ব্যানারের কি লেখা থাকে । আর আবাল শিবিরগুলা নেট থেকে ছবি নামিয়ে এডিট করে প্রচার করে । এমন ভূয়া নিউজে কেও বিভ্রান্ত হবেন নাশেয়ার করে শিবিরের নোংরা প্রোপাগান্ডা সবাইকে জানিয়ে দিন
হায়রে আবাল শিবির ফটোশপটাও ঠিকমত শিখতে পারলি না । কিছুক্ষণ আগে পোস্ট দিয়েছিলাম যে শিবির অনলাইনে বিভিন্ন রকম ভূয়া নিউজ প্রচার করে মানুষ কে বিভ্রান্ত করার চেষ্টা করছে । এমনই আরেকটা ভূয়া নিউজ দেখুন নিচের ছবিতে।
মার্ক করা ছবিটি এডিট করা । আসল ছবি বামেরটা । শাহবাগ থাকি আমরা আমরাই ভাল জানি কাদের ব্যানারের কি লেখা থাকে । আর আবাল শিবিরগুলা নেট থেকে ছবি নামিয়ে এডিট করে প্রচার করে । এমন ভূয়া নিউজে কেও বিভ্রান্ত হবেন না
শেয়ার করে শিবিরের নোংরা প্রোপাগান্ডা সবাইকে জানিয়ে দিন

Courtesy: Mohammad Shamim shared Fuckistan‘s photo.

10 February 2013, Sunday: The uprising passed its 6th consecutive days at Shahbugh intersection. More and more people joined at the uprising and an increasing trends of people’s participation is found. Students of different schools, colleges and universities from Dhaka and elsewhere in the country took part in the movement. People from Chuadanga, Kushtia, Mymensingh, Kishoreganj, Barguna and several other districts also joined the protest.

Today five members delegations of Bloggers and Online Activists Network has submitted a six-points of charters to the Speaker of National Parliament, demanding death penalty for all war criminals, including Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, and revocation of the state’s power to grant them amnesty. The national cricket team comprising Abdur Razzak, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Md Ashraful, Elias Sunny, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Nazmul Hossain and Shohag Gazi  accompanied by some former cricketers joined to express their solidarity with the uprising. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, writer Anisul Haque, Human Rights activist Khushi Kabir and National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman also joined the demonstrations.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked the youths for raising voice against 1971 war criminals, and said her government would translate into action the oath thousands of protesters took at the Shahbagh grand rally on Friday. Speaking in parliament, Hasina said the tribunals will deliver judgments in line with the law, but they should also consider the people’s expectations while giving verdicts on war crimes cases.

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“Seeing the anarchy of Jamaat-Shibir activists, many people thought Jamaat-Shibir to be the dominating force in the country. But the Shahbagh movement has shown that the pro-liberation people are the dominating force and that Jamaat-Shibir are just a parasite in the society”.Mokarram Hossain Shuva, a protester and blogger.

“Our predecessors have done their job by freeing the country. Now it is our turn to eliminate the anti-liberation forces from Bangladesh.”Kajal Abdullah, an organiser of the movement.

“তরুণের যে জাগরণ, তা অভূতপূর্ব। জাতীয় ও আন্তর্জাতিক গণমাধ্যমের উদ্দেশে তিনি বলেন, নৈতিকভাবে ঠিক থেকে এই আন্দোলনের খবর প্রচার করা উচিত। জনগণের সঙ্গে থেকেই সংবাদ পরিবেশন করতে হবে। যদি কোনো গণমাধ্যম তা না করে তাহলে তার দায়ভার তাদেরই নিতে হবে। জনগণই তাদের ত্যাগ করবে।” – প্রফেসর গোলাম রহমান, গণযোগাযোগ ও সাংবাদিকতা বিভাগ, ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়।

‘আমরা চাই না আমাদের এই দেশের মাটিতে কোনো রাজাকার থাকুক। আমরা যাঁরা সাংবাদিকতা বিভাগে পড়ছি, তাঁরা কখনো জামায়াত-শিবিরের প্রতিষ্ঠানে কাজ করব না। কেননা, তারা গণমানুষের কথা বলে না, নিজেদের প্রচারণা নিয়ে ব্যস্ত থাকে।’মুশফেকা ইসলাম, শিক্ষার্থী, তৃতীয় বর্ষ, গণযোগাযোগ ও সাংবাদিকতা বিভাগ, ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়।

‘রাজাকারেরা আমাদের শোষণ করেছে। এর একটা বিহিত করা উচিত। প্রয়োজনে আরও কঠোর আইন করে তাদের মৃত্যুদণ্ড নিশ্চিত করতে হবে।’ -বেসরকারি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় নর্থ সাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের শিক্ষার্থী ইসরাত জাহান

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Interpreting the proposed amendment, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told“the government tables today a proposal for amending the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act-1973 to provide for appeal against inadequate sentence in war crimes cases. Finalised yesterday, the proposal also envisages hearing and disposal of an appeal within 60 days from the date of its filing with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.”

Young Journalists have been staging a sit-in in front of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, barely 100 metres away from the Club, over the issue. The young protesters say they would press on with the demonstrations until the Press Club was purged of collaborators of the West Pakistani troops in the 1971 Liberation War. They demanded that non-journalist individuals, public relation officers, ministers and individuals belonging to other profession be stripped of their Press Club memberships. It was proposed that senior journalists be provided with memberships instead. The young journalists demanded that the existing organisational structure at the Press Club be done away with in favour of a new one, which can allow easy access for genuine journalists seeking membership.

11 February 2013, Monday: The uprising spent 7th consequent days and youth and students including guardians from all corners joined in the uprising to express solidarity.

12Today cabinet approved an amendment of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) act and parliament will now take the amended act for consideration in the current session. Once the Act is amended, it will pave the way for the prosecution to appeal against the verdict that gave life sentence to Jamaat-e-Islami’s Abdul Quader Molla. At the moment, the ICT Act does not allow the prosecution to seek a review of any conviction. It can only appeal if a tribunal acquits a suspect for crimes against humanity.

CYBER ATTACK:

Saddam Hossain: চলেন ইতিহাস গড়ি: International Crimes Strategy Forum::: ‎(এই বার্তাটি ছড়িয়ে দিন):প্রিয় সহযোদ্ধা,আপনারা জানেন জামাতে ইসলামী শুরু থেকেই এই বিচারকে বানচাল করার জন্য খরচ করে আসছে মিলিয়ন মিলিয়ন ডলার। বিশ্ববাসীকে এই বিচারের ব্যাপারে বিভ্রান্ত করতে ওরা নিয়োগ করেছে লবিইং কোম্পানী, ব্যয়বহুল জনসংযোগ কোম্পানী। এক ব্রিটেনেই তিনটি ল’ফার্ম নিয়োগ করেছে নিজেদের পিঠ বাঁচাতে। এছাড়াও বেতন দিয়েই নিয়োগ করেছে কয়েক শত পিতৃ-পরিচয় সন্দিহান কর্মীকে যারা ফেসবুকে মিথ্যায় ভরপুর তথ্য প্রচার করে, পত্র-পত্রিকায় ছাপা লেখার নিচে সুসংগঠিত মিথ্যা তথ্য দিয়ে মন্তব্য করে। এভাবে তারা টাকা দিয়ে, কিংবা প্রভাব খাটিয়ে, কিংবা বাংলাদেশের বিচার সম্বন্ধে বিশ্ববাসীর সঠিক তথ্যর অভাবকে পূঁজি করে শত শত লেখা ছাপিয়ে যাচ্ছে। এসব লেখার নিচে মন্তব্য সেকশনেও লক্ষ্য করবেন বহু জামাত-শিবির কর্মী শাহবাগ এবং এই বিচার নিয়ে যাচ্ছেতাই মিথ্যাচার করে যাচ্ছে। এই মিথ্যে কথাগুলো এবং মন্তব্যগুলোই কিন্তু ছাপার অক্ষরে বা অনলাইনে থেকে যাবে, যদি আমরা এখন থেকেই এমন প্রতিটি লেখার নিচে শক্ত প্রতিরোধ গড়ে না তুলি, সঠিক তথ্য তুলে না ধরি।১৯৭১ এর পক্ষের সকল আত্মীয় এবং বন্ধুর কাছে আজই এই বার্তা পৌঁছে দিন: (১) বিচারকে সমর্থন করে, বিচারের পক্ষের জনমত, এর যৌক্তিকতা এবং এর মানদন্ডকে তুলে ধরে আজ থেকে ছোটো ছোটো লেখা বিদেশী মিডিয়া প্লাটফর্মে ছাপানোর চেষ্টা করতে হবে।(২) যেখানেই বিচার এবং আন্দোলন বিরোধী মিথ্যাচার ছাপা হবে সেখানেই লেখাগুলোর মন্তব্য সেকশনে সবাই মিলে মন্তব্য করতে হবে। সত্যকে তুলে ধরতে হবে। মিথ্যাচারের দাঁত ভাঙ্গা জবাব দিতে হবে।(৩) যে পত্রিকা বা মিডিয়া প্লাটফর্ম এসব লেখা ছাপাবে, তাদের সম্পাদক এবং সিনিয়র কর্মকর্তাদের টেলিফোন করে এবং ইমেইল করে প্রতিবাদ জানাতে হবে। ১৯৭১ এর পক্ষের নাগরিক সমাজের এই প্রতিবাদের কন্ঠটি বিশ্ববাসীর জানা থাকা দরকার।(৪) উপরের তিনটি ধাপ অনুসরণ এর পাশাপাশি টুইটারেও আপনার প্রতিবাদের ছাপ লিপিবদ্ধ করতে হবে। হ্যাশট্যাগ: #shahbag, #ICT-BD, সাথে সেই মিডিয়া প্লাটফর্মটিকে উদ্দেশ্য করুন যাতে তাদের কর্মকর্তাদেরও চোখে পড়ে, যেমন: @abc, @bbc ইত্যাদি। লিখতে গিয়ে বা মন্তব্য করতে গিয়ে আপনার যদি কোনো তথ্যের প্রয়োজন হয়, বা আর কোনো সাহায্যের দরকার হয়, তাহলে ICSF এর ফেসবুক পাতায় প্রশ্ন করুন, এখানে: http://facebook.com/icsforum . ================এবার আজকের করণীয়: বিচার প্রক্রিয়ার ব্যাপারে মিথ্যাচার ছড়াতে জামাতের ভাড়া করা বৃটিশ আইনজীবি টোবি ক্যাডম্যান কাছা খুলে লিখেছেন এখানে হাফিংটন পোস্টে (এখানে: http://huff.to/12yYxUf)। এবার এই লেখার পাল্টা লেখা ছাপানোর পাশাপাশি দ্রুত নিচের এই কয়েকটি রিসোর্স ব্যবহার করুন নিজেদের প্রত্যুত্তর দিতে:ক) ক্যাডম্যান বিষয়ে শাহ ফরহাদ এর লেখা: http://bit.ly/12lCsDWখ) ক্যাডম্যান বিষয়ে আরমান রশিদ এর লেখা: http://bit.ly/VPdG1Rগ) লবিইং বিষয়ে আরমান রশিদ এর লেখা: http://bit.ly/Z5a0tVঘ) খালেদা জিয়া বিষয়ে এম আনোয়ার হোসেন এর লেখা: http://bit.ly/XHLolJঙ) খালেদা জিয়া বিষয়ে বাংলাদেশ এ্যাম্বাসাডরের প্রতিবাদ: http://bit.ly/Z5a78Q
Pinaki Bhattacharya :শাহবাগে কেন “সাগর রুনির” হত্যার বিচার চাচ্ছিনা, কেন শেয়ার কেলেঙ্কারির বিচার চাচ্ছি না, কেন সুরঞ্জিতের কালো বেড়ালের বিচার চাচ্ছিনা, কেন পদ্মা সেতুর দুর্নীতির বিচার চাচ্ছিনা, ম্যা, ম্যা, ম্যা, ম্যা…………ভাইজান, কাঁটা বাইছা মাছ খাইতে বইসি, এর মধ্যে পায়েস ঢাইলা দিবার চান ক্যান। পেট ডি তো আমার, মাছ খাওন শ্যাস হোক, পাত পরিস্কার করি, আপনার পায়েস চাইখা দেখুম। আজাইরা পেরেশান হইয়েন না।
Courtesy: Ziaul Haque Mukta
Courtesy: Ziaul Haque Mukta

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Pro-government activists and other Bangladeshi people gather to protest as they demand the death penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka. -AP Photo
Pro-government activists and other Bangladeshi people gather to protest as they demand the death penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka. -AP Photo

DAWN.COM: Bangladesh approves law to swiftly execute war criminals: DHAKA: Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on Monday changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted………………..Eight other Jamaat officials, including its head and deputy head and two senior officials of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), are also being tried by the tribunal. Most of the cases are at an advanced stage. Both Jamaat and BNP have labelled the cases “show trials” aimed at barring the leaders from upcoming polls. International rights groups have questioned the proceedings. The life term for the Jamaat-e-Islami party leader triggered    nationwide protests with Jamaat rejecting the verdict and its supporters clashing with police, resulting in at least four deaths. The government says the trials are needed to heal the wounds of the nine-month war in which it says three million people were killed, many by pro-Pakistani militia whose members allegedly included Jamaat officials.Mujibur Rahman, the father of the current prime minister, had planned to put alleged war criminals on trial before his assassination in a coup in 1975, which Hasina says was masterminded by war criminals.

12 FEBRUARY 2013, TUESDAY

3 MINUTES SILENCE

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INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Hundreds of thousands of people take part in a seventh day of protest calling for quick executions of the 10 alleged war criminals currently being tried on such charges as genocide and rape, on February 11, 2013 in Dhaka. Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on today changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted. — AFP Photo
Hundreds of thousands of people take part in a seventh day of protest calling for quick executions of the 10 alleged war criminals currently being tried on such charges as genocide and rape, on February 11, 2013 in Dhaka. Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on today changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted. — AFP Photo

DWAN: Clashes over war crime trials hit Bangladesh capital: DHAKA: The editor of Bangladesh’s leading daily was injured Tuesday as fierce clashes broke out in Dhaka between police and supporters of the largest religious party which is demanding a halt to war crimes trials. The protesters hurled home-made bombs and attacked vehicles with bricks as police fought back with rubber bullets and tear gas in Dhaka’s busy Karwan Bazaar and Motijheel commercial districts, police and witnesses said. Motiur Rahman, the editor of the mass circulation daily Prothom Alo, was injured after he was caught in the clashes near his office in central Dhaka, the daily said, adding his conditions was now stable……………………he opposition has called the trials politically motivated, designed as part of a wider vendetta against their leaders. Rights groups have questioned the fairness of the hearings, saying the laws and procedures under which the opposition leaders are being tried fall short of international standards. The trials have triggered deadly protests by Jamaat supporters across the country, leaving at least seven people dead and scores of policemen injured since last month. The government says the trials are needed to heal the wounds of the nine-month war in which it says three million people were killed, many by pro-Pakistani militia whose members allegedly included Jamaat officials.

CYBER WAR

Anu Mohammad: আমরা আরো শ্লোগান যোগ করতে পারি। যেমন- মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনা: যুদ্ধাপরাধী ছাড়বো না। মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনা: ধর্ষকদের ছাড়বো না। মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনা: লুটেরাদের ছাড়বো না। মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনা: বাংলাদেশ ছাড়বো না। মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনা: মালিকানা ছাড়বো না। ‘জবাই করা’, ‘চামড়া তোলা’ ‘নাশতা করা’ মার্কা শ্লোগান আমাদের হতে পারে না। কেউ দিতে চাইলে বলতে হবে: এসব আলবদর সংস্কৃতির শ্লোগান আমরা দিই না।

Many of the people directly or indirectly / so called intellectually tried to add more and more demands in this uprising. But the young cyber activists did not give the ear to these conspiracies. They replied to keep focus in the major demands.

13 FEBRUARY 2013, WEDNESDAY

NEW PROGRAMME

Courtesy: প্রজন্ম চত্ত্বর - শাহবাগ
Courtesy: প্রজন্ম চত্ত্বর – শাহবাগ

NEWS UPDATE

ICT law amendment bill tabled, BDNEWS.Com : The International Crimes (Tribunals) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2013, proposing changes to Section 21 (Right of Appeal) of the present law to provide equal rights of appeal to both defence and prosecution against the verdicts, has been tabled in Parliament.

Molla, Kamaruzzaman stripped of Press Club membership, BDNEWS.Com: The Managing Committee of the National Press Club on Wednesday cancelled memberships of Jamaat-e-Islami’s assistant secretary generals Abdul Quader Molla and Muhammed Kamaruzzaman, committee member Farid Hossain said.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

udge Nizamul Huq presides over the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), which was created in 2010 to try war crimes suspects. The tribunal has been widely criticised as being a political tool for the ruling Awami League government to target its opponents.—AP Photo/File
udge Nizamul Huq presides over the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), which was created in 2010 to try war crimes suspects. The tribunal has been widely criticised as being a political tool for the ruling Awami League government to target its opponents.—AP Photo/File

Dozen injured in Bangladesh war crimes protest, DWAN: DHAKA: Clashes rocked the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka’s main commercial district on Wednesday as police battled with protesters demanding a halt to the country’s war crimes trials. At least a dozen people were injured by rubber bullets during the clashes, Dhaka Medical College emergency officer Robiul, who uses one name, told AFP.Police and witnesses said the clashes at Motijheel commercial area, home to top banks, the main stock market and insurers, began after the supporters of Bangladesh’s largest religious  party Jamaat-i-Islami tried to hold marches. They torched a bus and attacked vehicles with police reacting by firing rubber bullets, witnesses said.

The Shahbag protesters resemble a jubilant flash-mob. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
The Shahbag protesters resemble a jubilant flash-mob. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Shahbag protesters versus the Butcher of Mirpur, The Guardian: It all began with a victory sign. When Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Bangladesh‘s Jamaat-e-Islami party, emerged from the supreme court on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 February, he turned to the press waiting outside, smiled, and made a victory sign. An odd reaction for a man just sentenced to life in prison. Mollah smiled because for him, a man convicted of beheading a poet, raping an 11-year-old girl and shooting 344 people during the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence – charges that have earned him the nickname the Butcher of Mirpur – the life sentence came as a surprise. Earlier this month, a fellow accused, Abul Kalam Azad, who is reputed to have fled to Pakistan, was sentenced to death in absentia.

14 FEBRUARY 2013, THURSDAY

Candle Vigil

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15 February 2013, Friday

A crucial 11th day of uprising spent today. The organizers of the uprising

Blogger Rajib Haider Shuvo, Courtesy: BDNEWS.COM
Blogger Rajib Haider Shuvo, Courtesy: BDNEWS.COM

declared at 06 pm a reschedule time frame (03 pm to 10 pm of each day) for continuing the protest.  Major leading groups of the uprising took the decision, but some protesters criticized the decision. A rally rounded the areas of uprising demanding to withdraw the decision. In the meantime, a sad news spread out to protesters that a blogger named Rajib Ahmed Shuvo alias Thaba Baba (blog:নূরানী চাপা সমগ্র) brutally killed at Mirpur, Dhaka. Hearing the news, the organizers re-scheduled the protesting programme as usual for continuation.

16 February 2013, Saturday

NEWS UPDATE

The risers of Shahbugh demanded to ban Politics of Jamat Shibir and called the nation to prevent the hartal declared by Jamat on next Monday wearing the black badge to protest killing of Shaheed Rajib. The risers also called the nation to sing the national anthem tomorrow at all educational institutions raising the national flag.

News Update from BDNEWS24: Sunrise at Shahbagh::: Rajib was hacked, throat slit’::: PM visits Rajib’s House ::: Jamaat has no place in Bangladesh politics: PM ::: Slain blogger Rajib at Shahbagh :::

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প্রজন্ম চত্বরের ঘোষণা ঃ আপনারা কেউ ঘরে বসে থাকবেন না। আসুন আমরা জামায়াত-শিবির ঘোষিত হরতাল প্রতিহত এবং প্রত্যাখ্যান করি। আপনারা কেউ গাড়ির মায়া করবেন না। মনে রাখবেন আপনার একটি গাড়ি থেকে বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা, সার্বভৌমত্বের দাম অনেক বেশি। আমরা রাজপথে নেমে না এলে আমাদের ভবিষ্যৎ প্রজন্ম ক্ষমা করবে না। মনে রাখবেন আপনার নীরবতার কারণে যেন বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা, সার্বভৌমত্বের ক্ষতি না হয়।

17 February 2013, Sunday

The National anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Bhalobashi’ was sung throughout educational institutions in Bangladesh on Sunday to express solidarity with the protests at Shahbagh.
The National anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Bhalobashi’ was sung throughout educational institutions in Bangladesh on Sunday to express solidarity with the protests at Shahbagh.

The National Flag was raised after the singing of the national anthem at 10:00am. This happened after a call by the protestors of Shahbagh.

The Shahbagh protests rolled into the 13th day. It has become the practice at Shahbagh to begin the morning with the singing of the national anthem. The protests appears to be intensifying after one of its front-ranking activist, blogger-architect Rajib Haider was murdered on Friday night. Haider’s family and friends blamed the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for the murder.

NEWS UPDATE:

BDNEWS24: Defying Jamaat’s strike: Shops and business establishments will remain open and public transport will operate normally during a nationwide strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami on Monday, associations said. ::: Shahbagh’s martyr goes home : The first martyr of the Shahbagh movement has gone back home on Sunday, reminding all that pen is often mightier than sword.Rajib Haider, architect by profession and blogger by passion, did not swing sticks or swords or brandish guns.But his words and logic were powerful enough to provoke the kind of extreme reaction that led to his brutal murder on Friday night. ::: Ghulam Azam case hearing: The first war crimes tribunal on Sunday began hearing the closing arguments in the Ghulam Azam’s case with the prosecution taking the lead.::: 9 Shibir activists nabbed: Police nabbed nine Islami Chhatra Shibir activists including its unit president for Dhaka Metropolitan(South) from Keraniganj over allegations of trying to foment trouble.::: Rajib monument at Shahbagh: A temporary monument is expected to be raised at Shahbagh in memory of Rajib Haider, whose murder appears to have intensified the protests.::: জামায়াতের বিচারের পথ খুলল: মানবতাবিরোধী অপরাধে অভিযুক্ত ব্যক্তির পাশাপাশি দল বা সংগঠনের বিচারের সুযোগ রেখে আন্তর্জাতিক অপরাধ আইন সংশোধনের বিল পাস করেছে জাতীয় সংসদ। একইসঙ্গে ট্রাইব্যুনালের রায়ের বিরুদ্ধে আসামির পাশাপাশি সরকারেরও আপিলের সমান সুযোগ রাখা হয়েছে সংশোধিত আইনে। রাষ্ট্রপতির অনুমোদনের পর আন্তর্জাতিক অপরাধ (ট্রাইবুনাল)(সংশোধন) আইন ২০০৯ সালের ১৪ জুলাই থেকেই প্রযোজ্য হবে। ::: সুমনের গানে ‘শহীদ রাজীব’: স্বাধীনতাবিরোধীদের ফাঁসি ও রাজনীতি নিষিদ্ধের দাবিতে শাহবাগ আন্দোলনের ‘প্রথম শহীদ’ রাজীব হায়দারকে নিয়েও একটি গান লিখেছেন কলকাতার সংগীত শিল্পী কবীর সুমন। ::: 70 MPs in Shahbagh solidarity: Seventy Members of Parliament on Sunday expressed solidarity with the ongoing movement for death to all war criminals at the capital’s Shahbagh.

18 February 2013, Monday

দিগন্ত টেলিভিশন বর্জনের ঘোষণা শিল্পীদের: দ্ধাপরাধীর মালিকানাধীন দিগন্ত টেলিভিশন বর্জনের ঘোষণা দিয়েছেন অভিনয় শিল্পীরা। সোমবার বিকেলে শাহবাগে গণজাগরণ চত্বরে এসে এ ঘোষণা দেন শিল্পীরা। এর আগে জাতীয় শহীদ মিনারে আয়োজিত সমাবেশে একই ঘোষণা দেওয়া হয়। :::‘যুক্তরাজ্য চায় এ বিচার চলুক’: বাংলাদেশে যুদ্ধাপরাধীদের যে বিচারকার্য চলছে তা যুক্তরাজ্যও সমর্থন করে বলে মন্তব্য করেছেন বাংলাদেশ সফররত যুক্তরাজ্যের পররাষ্ট্র প্রতিমন্ত্রী ব্যারোনেস ওয়ার্সি। সোমবার রাজধানীর গুলশান-১ এ যুক্তরাজ্য ভিসা সেন্টারে নতুন ভিসা প্রকল্পের উদ্বোধনের সময় তিনি এ কথা বলেন।

19 February 2013, Tuesday

দেখুন জামায়াত শিবিরের ভন্ডামী ও অপপ্রচারের নমুনা, এরা ফটোশপে কোন ছবিকে কি বানিয়ে প্রচার করছে। এরপরেও কি আপনার মনে হয় এমন মিথ্যাচার করতে পারা জামায়াত শিবিরের জানোয়ারগুলো মুসলমান? নাকি ইসলাম এদের ব্যবসায়ের মূলধন???মিথ্যাচার করা পাপ সেটা আমাদের ইসলামে বলা আছে না...? Coutesy: ।। প্রজম্ম চত্বর - শাহবাগ ।।
দেখুন জামায়াত শিবিরের ভন্ডামী ও অপপ্রচারের নমুনা, এরা ফটোশপে কোন ছবিকে কি বানিয়ে প্রচার করছে। এরপরেও কি আপনার মনে হয় এমন মিথ্যাচার করতে পারা জামায়াত শিবিরের জানোয়ারগুলো মুসলমান? নাকি ইসলাম এদের ব্যবসায়ের মূলধন??? মিথ্যাচার করা পাপ সেটা আমাদের ইসলামে বলা আছে না…? Coutesy: ।। প্রজম্ম চত্বর – শাহবাগ ।।

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