Today marks the fourth anniversary of Mir Ahmad BinQuasem's disappearance. His lawyers, Toby Cadman and Michael Polak, issued the following statement:
It has been four years since Ahmad BinQuasem was dragged away from his wife and two young daughters by the Bangladeshi security forces. He remains missing and the Bangladeshi regime still refuses to respond to the United Nation bodies who have called for his release.
Ahmad's disappearance was highlighted on Al Jazeera English when Bangladesh Foreign Adviser Gowher Rizvi was grilled about the Government's atrocious human rights records. He was asked why his government forcibly disappeared Arman. Despite Rizvi's pledging to look into the matter he failed to respond to numerous requests from those who have been pushing for Arman's release.
Arman's disappearance was also featured by Channel 4 who asked Hampstead MP Tulip Siddiq if she would request that her aunt, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and head of the governing Awami League party. Prior to becoming an MP, Ms. Siddiq had claimed to represent the party in Europe and was listed as a Bangladesh representative before the UN. Yet, Ms. Siddiq has refused to take the matter up and the Labour Party, which also has the influence within Bangladesh, continued to refuse to engage.
The Bangladesh regime and those who have the power to influence their behaviour in the UK have failed in their humanitarian duty to help return a father and husband to his wife and young daughters."