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Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 187th session
(Geneva, 6 October 2010)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Mr. Shah Ams Kibria, a member of the Parliament of Bangladesh who was assassinated in January 2005, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/187/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 186th session (April 2010),

Noting that, at the session it held during the 123rd Assembly, the Bangladesh delegation handed over to the Committee a report on the investigation into the grenade attack which took Mr. Kibria’s life,

Recalling the following: the initial inquiry in this case proved to be an attempt by the investigating officers to divert the course of justice; since the investigation was reopened in March 2007, Islamist militants belonging to the Horkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji), including its leader Mufti Hannan Munshi, have been implicated; according to the Home Ministry’s report of March 2010, seven persons have been arrested, including the two persons (Mizanur Rahman Mithu and Md Badrul Alam Mizan) who detonated the grenades; in addition, the former State Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Lutfozzaman Babar, has been arrested in this case; according to the authorities, substantial evidence continues to be collected and efforts are being made to resolve the case without further delay; noting that the report of the further investigation has been deferred many times to enable the investigating officers to “finish the job” and that, according to newspaper reports, the latest extension was until 29 August 2010,

Recalling that the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs is monitoring the case, that the Ministry has been directed to report on progress to the Standing Committee at each of the latter’s meetings, and that the Ministry has indeed been reporting regularly to the Standing Committee; noting that the report conveyed by the delegation of Bangladesh provides no new information,

  1. Thanks the Parliament of Bangladesh for its cooperation and appreciates the fact that it is monitoring the investigation;

  2. Is confident that the repeated deferment of the submission of the report on the investigation is due to the investigation’s efforts to establish the whole truth in this case, and hopes that by the time of its next session the final report will have been submitted;

  3. Considers that Mr. Kibria’s family should be regularly informed of progress made in the investigation, and invites the Parliament of Bangladesh to ensure that the family is indeed regularly provided with such information; wishes to ascertain any initiatives that parliament has taken to this end;

  4. Requests the Secretary General to inform the parliamentary and competent governmental authorities accordingly, inviting them to keep it informed of the proceedings;

  5. Requests the Committee to continue examining this case and report to it at its next session, to be held on the occasion of the 124th IPU Assembly (April 2011).
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