Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Bangladesh offers reward to catch labor leader's killer
Critics dismiss offer as a government ploy
Workers demand justice for the murder of Aminul Islam (photo by Raphael Palma)
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 11, 2013
The government has responded to allegations it was behind the murder of a prominent labor leader last year by offering a reward for the capture of what it says is the chief suspect in the killing.
The Home Ministry yesterday offered a 100,000 taka (US$ 1,250) reward for information leading to the arrest of Mostafizur Rahman in connection with the death of Aminul Islam, organizer of the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity.
The labor rights group is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Islam disappeared on April 4 2012. Police found his body two days later next to a road in Tangail, about 64 kilometers north of Dhaka. His body showed signs of torture.
Rahman was a police informer and the last person to be seen with Islam before he disappeared, according to police.
The motive behind the murder is still unclear, but Islam’s family and co-workers allege that the state's National Securities Intelligence (NSI) agency was involved and that the government is not doing enough to investigate the case.
“Aminul was killed because he stood for labor rights and garment industry owners considered him a threat,” said Nazma Akter, a labor leader in Dhaka.
Islam’s phone was tapped and he was threatened by NSI agents, Akter added.
She dismissed the government’s reward offer as a face-saving ploy after it failed to fully investigate Islam’s murder, despite public demand.
The killing sparked outrage among labor rights groups at home and abroad, while Western diplomats lodged strong protests.
During a visit to Dhaka last year, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Bangladesh's failure to probe the murder would send "the wrong signals" about workers’ rights.
The government says it is doing its best to ensure justice is done in the case.
“Police are investigating the case with sincerity, but little progress has been made because Rahman has not been traced and arrested yet,” said Mahfuzul Haque, a Home Ministry official.