Category: Bangladesh

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...

Dowry: The continuing crime

Published in The Daily Star on Sep. 15 :: ALL govern-ments in the past including the present have promised political and social equality for the sexes, but women are still victimized. The UNICEF report in recent time stated that one out of every five girls in the country between the ages of 15 and 19 is sexually abused by her...

International Crimes Tribunal warns Human Rights Watch

Published in The Dhaka Tribune on Sep. 04 :: The war crimes tribunal has cautioned Human Rights Watch over its comment on the conviction of top war criminal Ghulam Azam. The International Crimes Tribunal 1 headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order disposing of the contempt rule against HRW on Thursday afternoon. Warning HRW, the tribunal asked the...