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Free speech under fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Two writers were hacked to death with machetes on the streets of this capital city during a six-week period this year. They were targeted for openly criticizing Islam, the country’s main religion, in their work and in Facebook commentary. Avijit Roy, a dual citizen of Bangladesh and the United States, was murdered on the evening of Feb....

Activists call for fresh assessment

Local and international rights activists on Sunday demanded a comprehensive and scientific Environmental Impact Assessment on the country’s 1,320 megawatt Rampal coal-based power plant. They also said, at a press conference, that if the EIA found the project to be harmful to the Sundarbans it must be cancelled and relocated to another site. The conference was organised by ‘South Asians...

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Pakistan condemns human right violation in occupied J&K

  Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed its deep concerns, at the increase in systematic human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam today said we condemn the brutal use of force by Indian security forces against peaceful and unarmed protesters, resulting in killing of two Kashmiri young men.She said the people and government of Pakistan extend their...

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The state of human rights

  This year, as in the years past, there is not a lot to be satisfied about with respect to the state of human rights in the country, as presented in the annual report released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The HRCP report has noted that the country’s human rights record remains almost as dismal as it...

U.N. says Afghanistan's court system fails women

U.N. says Afghanistan’s court system fails women

The 35-page report, produced in cooperation with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is comprised of a series of interviews with 110 women across 18 of the nation’s provinces between August 2014 and February 2015. The vast majority of those interviewed chose to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than legal means. Though the Elimination of...

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HRCP presents dismal rights picture

  LAHORE: “The state of human rights in the year 2014 overall has been bad,” said I.A. Rehman. The HRCP general secretary was speaking at launch of the annual report on the State of Human Rights (for 2014) at the HRCP auditorium on Friday. The findings in the report denote that the condition of the country regarding human rights, journalists’...

SAHR PRESS STATEMENT ON ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARENCES IN THE SOUTH ASIAN REGION

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a democratic regional network, discussed common issues of human rights across the sub-region with special reference to enforced or involuntary disappearances. Experts including civil society activists, lawyers, as well as family members of victims of enforced disappearances participated in the discussion. The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CED)...

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MALDIVES: Maldives ex-leader Nasheed arrested on terror charges

Published in The BBC News on Feb. 22 :: Police in the Maldives have arrested opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges. They relate to his order to detain a judge while in office in January 2012. The case against him was dropped last week, but the allegations have been reintroduced under anti-terror laws that punish acts against...

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MALDIVES: Nasheed held in Male under anti-terror law

Published in The Hindu on Feb. 23 :: Mr. Nasheed was arrested to stand trial for his 2012 order as President to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Just days after he appealed to India to intervene in the ongoing crackdown on cases of alleged treason and terrorism by the Maldives government of President Yameen, former President Mohammad Nasheed was...