Category: Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Government Pre-empts ‘Adivasi’ Bill

Kamran Reza Chowdhury The government has pre-empted an attempt to initiate a legislative proposal of a parliamentary caucus through a private member’s bill styled Adivasi Rights Bill 2013 in the current session. Workers Party chief Rashed Khan Menon is likely to place the bill in parliament for recognition of the country’s ethnic minorities as “adivasi” and protection of their rights....

National Forum on Parliamentary Best Practices 2012 – Bangladesh

The National Consultation on Making the Parliament Accountable, Transparent and Human Rights Responsive took place on 20th February 2012, bringing together parliamentarians, academics and human rights activists. The participants focused on ten major areas of concern including integrity mechanisms, structural and functional independence, as well as addressing human rights issues in a timely manner, and several recommendations were made for...

Parliament Watch Bangladesh – September-December 2010 Report

The Sixth Session of the Ninth Parliament of Bangladesh started on 20th September, 2010 and continued for 11 days. In a short session from 5th December to 9th December the Parliament concluded its Seventh Session. The objectives of SAHR’s Parliament Watch are to examine the legislation enacted in relation to their implications on human rights of citizens, transparency and accountability...

Parliament Watch Bangladesh: May – July 2011

The Ninth session of the Ninth Parliament which commenced on 22nd May 2011 was prorogued on July 7 after 30 working days. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies abstained from the House throughout the session. They boycotted on grounds of not having a ‘congenial atmosphere’ to join the Parliament. Until the Ninth session, BNP attended the...

Parliament Watch Bangladesh: January – July 2011 Report

The Eighth session of the Ninth Parliament which commenced on 25th January 2011 and continued for 33 days concluded on 24th March 2011.  On 15th March 2011 after a long gap, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party, joined in the discussion on the President’s address. A total 227 Members of Parliament (MPs), 199 members from the Ruling party...

Cabinet okays labour policy

The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of National Labour Policy to ensure overall welfare and rights of the working class both in industrial and agriculture sectors. The approval was given at a regular meeting of the cabinet held at Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the cabinet approved the draft...

Bangladesh: Opposition returns to Sangsad at last

A day in which the opposition returned to the Jatiya Sangsad was suddenly made rather exciting. Two legislators, one from the ruling Awami League and the other from the opposition BNP, almost got into a scuffle yesterday. Taking part in the discussion on the thanksgiving motion on the president’s address, BNP lawmaker Rehana Akhtar Ranu used words in bad taste...

Bangladesh: ‘HR issues ignored in JS’

Human rights violation issues are rarely discussed in parliament, said South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) yesterday. Only 47 out of over 1800 call attention notices were discussed in the ninth parliament over the last three years, according to a study the rights organisation presented yesterday at a roundtable discussion in the capital. Human rights conditions have been deteriorating day...

Bangladesh: Changes in ACC Act

Parliamentary committee’s stand commendable ::  It is good to see that the parliamentary standing committee on law and parliamentary affairs is holding its ground in opposiing several recommendations of the government to the proposed amendment to the Anti- Corruption Commission Act which, if passed, will curb the powers of the anti-graft body. The Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law...