Political ‘offenders’ safe: Dhaka, Delhi sign landmark treaty to extradite criminals, ease visa provisions

In a major breakthrough, Bangladesh and India yesterday inked Extradition Treaty to hand over the convicted and criminals hiding in each other’s countries. Click here to see Full Text of the Treaty Click here to see Revised Travel Agreement signed in 2013 The deal, however, excluded the political asylum seekers,…

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Afghan Officials Criticize U.N. Report on the Abuse and Torture of Detainees

A United Nations report, endorsed by the international military command, about torture and abuse in Afghan-run detention facilities, has reopened fissures with American forces and underscored the Afghan government’s sensitivity to being seen as a country that permits torture. Within three days of the report becoming public, President Hamid Karzai…

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Support for women’s rights in the Maldives declining, finds HRCM study

Support for women’s equality has experienced a “significant drop” despite overall progress in improving the human rights situation nationally, a Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) second baseline survey has concluded. “The ‘Rights’ Side of Life” [report] studied knowledge, behaviours and attitudes regarding human rights in the Maldives and reinforced many of…

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International Commission of Jurists open letter: Concerning the removal of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake

High Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse Honorable Speaker of the Parliament Chamal Rajapakse Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Sri Lanka January 23, 2013 Concerning the removal of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake Your Excellencies, The International Commission of Jurists and the undersigned senior judges and eminent jurists from around the world condemn the…

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Pakistan to release Indian fishermen, peace activists express happiness

Mumbai-based activists who have been campaigning for peace between warring neighbours India and Pakistan have expressed happiness that Pakistan has decided to release all Indian fishermen soon. Writer-activist Jatin Desai said, ” Rehman Malik, interior minister of Pakistan, announced the decision today after he had a meeting with his President…

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Maldives government ratifies International Labour Organisation conventions on worker rights

The Maldives government has ratified eight “fundamental” International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions designed to bring legislation on employee rights and trade unions in line with international standards. According to the ILO the conventions, which were ratified by authorities on January 4 this year, outline rights in a number of areas including…

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