Category: Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Protecting Human Rights of the Aged

Published in the Financial Express on Oct. 23:: Bangladesh, as one of the disaster hotspots in the world, has significantly improved its disaster management capacity both at national and local levels. Efforts have been made to address disaster risks and uplift living status of the marginalised groups. Surprisingly, needs of the socially excluded and marginalised groups, e.g. aged citizens, persons...

BANGLADESH: CHTC Submission to UN Special Rapporteurs

Name: Timir Baran Chakma alias Duran Babu ChakmaSex: MaleAge: 52 (approximate)Ethnicity: ChakmaNationality: BangladeshOccupation: Indigenous Political Activist, Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma)Address: Village Bhoirafa, Merung Union, Dighinala Upazila, Khagrachari Hill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Timir Baran Chakma was allegedly tortured while in custody of the Bangladesh military on 10 August 2014 at approximately 10:40AM and subsequently died from his injuries....

Prosecute Rab men

Published in The Daily Star :: HRW asks govt over shooting Limon Bangladesh government should prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members responsible for the 2011 attack on Limon Hossain that caused him to lose a leg, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The authorities have finally dropped politically-motivated charges against Limon, but have not taken action against his attackers, said...

BANGLADESH: Marriage age to remain as before

Published in The Prothom Alo on Oct. 18:: In face of controversy, the government has decided to leave the minimum age of marriage as before, 18 for girls and 21 for boys. Also, a mobile court is being introduced for the visible and speedy trial for the crime of child marriage. At the cabinet meeting on 15 September it had...

A Man & History on Trial : The case of David Bergman

Published in The Pamphleteer’s Press on Lawrence Lifschultz :: Justice Obaidul Hasan and his colleagues at Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (# 2) are scheduled to rule on the question of an unusual historical dispute.  How and why this question has become the subject of a contempt proceeding is a troubling story.Their decision is expected on October 13th and it may have ramifications...

Abolish death penalty – Reiterates EU ambassador in Dhaka

Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 10 :: Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) countries in Dhaka yesterday reiterated their call for the complete abolition of death penalty and establishing a moratorium on executions in Bangladesh. “The European Union reaffirms its absolute opposition to the use of the death penalty,” said a joint note issued by the envoys marking...

Violation of human rights under scanner

Call to end RAB impunity needs heeding Published in The Daily Star on Sep. 21 :: Violation of citizens’ rights to state protection by its own agencies has become so blatant that it can only be ignored at our own peril.  Indeed, It simply does not admit of any relapse into denial mode with prevarications like ‘deaths in encounter’or ‘what-...

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EU parliament to debate resolution on BD human rights violations

Published in The Prothom Alo on Sep. 18 :: The European Parliament (EP) will have a debate on Thursday on a joint motion for a resolution on human rights violations in Bangladesh. The EP, according to the joint motion, commended the government of Bangladesh for the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which has resulted in significant...

Empowering ESC rights to ensure human development

Published in The Daily Star on Sep. 16 Mohammed Golam Sarwar :: The underlying spirit of human rights jurisprudence is gaining momentous success in this modern era. Human rights by its divine virtue of human dignity have taken place with due emphasis in the modern legal system. Over the years there has been a gradual enlargement of the scope of human...