Category: Bangladesh

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...

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...

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...