Vol. 4 Num 76 Mon. August 11, 2003  

Adab slams 'attacks, harassment'

Two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday condemned a series of attacks and condemned 'police harassment' against them.

In separate press releases, Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab) and Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolan (ONA) expressed concern at the recent attempt on ADAB Chairperson Dr Kazi Farooq Ahmad's life, police harassment of the NGO's Patuakhali President A H Mansur, repeated attacks on a Proshika office, and obstruction to ONA organised discussion on good governance.

"The events in Patuakhali is a threat to civil society," ONA President and National Professor Kabir Choudhury said in the release.

Citing newspaper reports, both Adab and ONA alleged that these 'disgraceful acts' were being openly performed by cadres 'under the visible incitement from an influential wing within the ruling party'.

"This is the latest expression of the vindictive mindset exhibited against the progressive NGOs and greater civil society."

Both Adab and ONA alleged that the recent attempt on Dr Ahmad's life followed the police harassment Dr Ahmad, ransacking of a Proshika training centre, and the harassment of various NGO leaders through state agencies.

The NGOs further accused the government of being politically motivated in blocking hundreds of crores of taka in bills owed to various NGOs, including Adab and Proshika.