Report on enforced disappearances: HRW criticises Bangladesh minister for comments

Human Rights Watch has criticised Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan for his comments on the rights body’s recent report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances in the country. Just hours after Human Rights Watch released the 82-page report on Thursday, the home minister termed it a “smear campaign.” Instead of committing to…

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Joint Statement – Bangladesh: Conduct a credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of Sultana Kamal

We, several international and regional civil society organisations express deep concern over violent threats received by Sultana Kamal, a prominent lawyer and women human rights defender in Bangladesh. Sultana received these threats from the radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam (Hefazat), a coalition of teachers and students of quami Madrasas[1], after expressing…

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SAHR Statement on threat, including inciting violence, against Sultana Kamal by the Hefazat-e-Islam

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of Human Rights Defenders, expresses its serious concern at the demands made by Hefazat-e-Islam, for the immediate arrest, exile from the country, and inciting of physical violence against Sultana Kamal a well known human rights lawyer and regionally and internationally respected…

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Demand for immediate arrest of those responsible for the arson attack in six hill villages in Longodu Upazila, ensuring the safety of the villagers and providing proper compensation of the victims.

To Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan MP Honorable Minister Ministry of Home Affairs People’s Republic of Bangladesh Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka Subject: Demand for immediate arrest of those responsible for the arson attack in six hill villages in Longodu Upazila, ensuring the safety of the villagers and providing propercompensation of the victims. Dear…

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Bangladesh: Undertake a judicial investigation into Romel Chakma’s death and deliver justice immediately

Forty indigenous peoples and human rights organizations, in a letter sent to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed today, called for immediate judicial investigation into the death of Romel Chakma, who died after allegedly being tortured by Bangladesh Army officers. Further, the organizations have urged for effective justice for the…

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Let Romel be the last

Romel Chakma, a 20-year-old visually impaired ethnic minority young man, is dead. He hailed from Rangamati, the same district in which I was born and grew up. He was from Naniarchar. The local media, rights activists and, more importantly, his family and locals from his neighbourhood are alleging that he…

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