Category: Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Halt Execution of War Crimes Accused

Death Penalty Should be Suspended Indefinitely; Trial Seriously Flawed Published in hrw.org website on Nov. 9 ::  The death sentence against Muhammed Kamaruzzman, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, should immediately be stayed. Kamaruzzman should be granted a right to appeal against the death sentence. Human Rights Watch is deeply...

Parliament approves proposal to ratify SAARC seed bank pact

Published in The E-Kantipur on Nov. 04 :: Parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal presented by the Ministry of Agricultural Development to ratify the agreement on the establishment of a Saarc Seed Bank. According to Mahendra Poudel, under-secretary at the ministry, Nepal signed the pact to establish the bank during the 17th Saarc Summit held in Addu City of the...

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BANGLADESH: Kofi Annan urges PM to stick to 18 years

Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 03 :: In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, Kofi Annan, as chair of The Elders, urged her to maintain the minimum age of marriage for girls at 18 years. He said the independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 and working for peace...

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BANGLADESH: Lowering the marriage age: a step in the wrong direction

“Such a change in legislation would undermine efforts to reduce poverty and improve the welfare of girls and women across Bangladesh.” Published in theelders.org on Nov. 02 :: In an open letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Kofi Annan warns of the dangers of lowering the minimum age of marriage for girls. Lawmakers in Bangladesh, which has one of the...

BANGLADESH: Lost Childhood

Published in The Daily Star :: Were the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of Bristi Das to become a lawyer, a doctor, or a politician? Perhaps even to nudge Sheikh Hasina from her lofty seat one day and become Prime Minister? Unfortunately  we will never know what went on in that young developing mind of hers or what greatness this cheerful...

BANGLADESH: Upholding children’s rights

Three-pronged approach needed Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 31 :: In a recent meeting attended by the government, human rights bodies and the United Nations Population Fund, the complex issue of protecting children’s rights was discussed in detail. What emerged was that not one but several interventions are needed in tandem if rights of children and adolescents were...

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BANGLADESH: Awareness, schooling, skills key prerequisites

Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 30 :: The prime prerequisites to ending violation of rights of children and adolescents in Bangladesh are raising social awareness, reducing poverty, ensuring schooling and enhancing skills, discussants told a meeting yesterday. Comprehensive efforts of the government, civil society, non-government organisations, UN agencies and media are critical to resist the rights violation occurring...

BANGLADESH: Cities mostly unsafe for women

ActionAid survey shows 88 percent women face harassment on city streets, markets Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 29 :: Sexual harassment or violence against women is not limited to women of any certain age. Women experience sexual harassment at some point in their life irrespective of their age, a survey conducted by ActionAid shows. About 81 percent women,...

BANGLADESH: State must accept access to food as basic right: NHRC

Published in The Financial Express :: Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman  Monday said the state must ‘accept’ ‘access to food’ as the basic right of its people to ensure food for all. “It’s the state’s responsibility to ensure access to food for all. If many countries in the world can establish people’s access...

BANGLADESH: Right to food must be constitutional

Speakers say at public hearing Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 28 :: The right to food should be enshrined in the constitution as a fundamental right, said speakers at an event yesterday. They also suggested formulation of a law on the right to food to ensure food security in the country. They made the suggestions at a public hearing on...