Category: Bangladesh

Fact Finding Mission to Rampal, Bangladesh, 5-11 April 2015, conducted by South Asians for Human Rights

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders across South Asia, conducted a fact finding mission in Rampal, Bangladesh on the establishment of a coal-based power plant by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Ltd from 5 — 11 April 2015. The mission was conducted by Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, Professor of Environmental Science of...

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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...

BANGLADESH: International Crisis Group on Bangladesh’s Political Crisis

Published in The South Asia Citizens Web on Feb. 10 :: Mapping Bangladesh’s Political Crisis EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On 5 January, the first anniversary of the deeply contested 2014 elections, the most violent in Bangladesh’s history, clashes between government and opposition groups led to several deaths and scores injured. The confrontation marks a new phase of the deadlock between the ruling...

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh firebombings kill nine

Published in The Nation on Feb. 08 :: New firebomb attacks killed another nine people in Bangladesh, police said Saturday, amid growing international calls for an end to the spiralling political violence. At least three people burned to death when suspected anti-government protesters petrol-bombed a truck in the southern town of Gournadi on Saturday morning, local police chief Sazzad Hossain...

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BANGLADESH: Securing rights at the border area

Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 03 by Abir Abbas Chowdhury :: States possess broad authority to regulate the movement of foreign nationals across their borders. They exercise their sovereign powers to determine who will be admitted and for what period. However, it is essential to ensure that non-nationals enjoy all of the inalienable rights applicable under international law....

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BANGLADESH: HRW accuses Bangladesh govt of failing to ‘rein in’ security forces

A New York-based rights group says Bangladesh government has failed to prosecute security forces for “serious abuses” including killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests. In its 2015 World Report, released on Thursday, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election. The HRW has also criticised opposition...

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BANGLADSH: Stop violence in name of democratic movement

Capital reverberates all day long with the demand of citizens from all walks of life Published in the Daily Star on Jan. 25 :: “Stop violence in the name of political movement” was the silent cry reverberating through the streets in front of Jatiya Press Club, Central Shaheed Minar and Bangladesh National Museum throughout the day yesterday. People from all...

BANGLADESH: Amnesty Int’l for probe into killings, arson

Published in The Daily Star on Jan. 22 :: Expressing concern at the ongoing political violence, the Amnesty International has urged the government to “carry out thorough and impartial investigations into all instances of arson attacks and killings, and bring those responsible to justice in fair trials”. In a statement dated January 20, the London-based rights watchdog said the human...