Hasnat Karim has been missing since the terrorist attacks on July 1, at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, took lives of more than 20 people. Amnesty International has asked Bangladeshi authorities to look for whereabouts of Hasnat Karim and the surviving hostages of the Dhaka attack. The family of Hasnat was detained for questioning and was released on July 2, however, Hasnat has was not.
Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, Champa Patel said, “The arbitrary response of the Bangladeshi authorities to Hasnat Karim’s case risks further undermining the trust of the population in the government’s ability to defend their rights to life and liberty. The victims of the July 1 attack deserve justice. Whether Hasnat Karim is a witness or a suspect, he must receive due process, regardless of the crimes he is alleged to have committed.”
The Deputy Commissioner of the Dhaka Police, Maudur Rahman, claimed that Hasnat was released. However, it contradicts the statements issued by Detective Branch that told Hasnat’s family on July 9, he was still in police custody. Karim requires regular creation in relation to a heart condition.
This act of Bangladeshi authorities is in direct violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. If the authorities are not able to tell about the whereabouts, it confirms a forced disseverance.