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23rd Anniversary 2014-Governance, Rule Of Law And Security

Governance, Rule Of Law And Security

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Governance, Rule Of Law And Security

 

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Human rights: Rhetoric and reality

Human rights: Rhetoric and reality

Human rights as an issue and a concern is recognized universally in the contemporary world. So much so that human rights are all pervading and encompassing – prevailing human rights situation is generally treated as a yardstick of democracy, good governance and undoubtedly of gross national happiness. In the following paragraphs we will...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Corruption, collusion and impunity

Corruption, collusion and impunity

When corruption transforms office of government and politics into a license for profit making and personal aggrandizement, illegality becomes a way of life for the high and mighty. Policy and state structure is increasingly captured by a pernicious collusion amongst those who benefit from corruption. Rule of law is undermined, impunity flourishes, and...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Ressurect humanist values

Ressurect humanist values

The Daily Star's annual review is usually a projection of  expectations and challenges. As Bangladesh lives through a non-participated election, preceded by brutal violence and denial of all norms of human dignity, we cannot do more than raise concerns for 2014.     It is not only because the state has become hostage to a...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
The wailing arson victims

The wailing arson victims

During the months November and December of last year, street agitators and political activists brought forth people's worst nightmares about death. For the sixty people set on fire, death came not as a sudden jolt of pain, or a sweet reunion with a long-awaited friend. It came as a prolonged session of torture,...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Withdrawal of political cases: Rule of law stripped away

Withdrawal of political cases: Rule of law stripped away

Although withdrawals of “politically motivated” cases have been going on for several years questioning criminal justice system and good governance in the country, there is no sign of redress from it soon. The newly elected present government may continue with withdrawal of “false” and “politically motivated” cases.    The immediate past Awami League led 14-party...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Independence of the judiciary- the Masdar case

Independence of the judiciary- the Masdar case

The Constitution of Bangladesh provides for an impartial and independent judiciary as one of its cornerstones and guardian. In reality though, the judiciary has been subservient to the all-powerful executive government since independence in 1971. Various governments made rhetorical promises to separate the judiciary from the executive only to appease popular demand for...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Fathoming ICT (Amendment) Act, 2013

Fathoming ICT (Amendment) Act, 2013

How times and contexts change!  Let us take stock of the following: According to Article 39 of the Constitution of Bangladesh, “(1) Freedom of thought and conscience is guaranteed and (2) Subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interests of the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states, public order,...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Lengthening shadow of communalism

Lengthening shadow of communalism

Attacks on the minority communities across the country over the last few months have brought shame and ignominy for the country. Murder, loot, arson and even rapes that are being reported from across the country have shattered the façade of communal peace and harmony that we had long nurtured.  These despicable acts, perpetrated...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Geo-strategic significance: A non-traditional perspective

Geo-strategic significance: A non-traditional perspective

In the traditional security debates, geo-strategic significance of a country is often viewed through the prism of conventional power equation: its ability to generate and yield power using its geographical strengths and weaknesses. The basic elements of geography : the location, size, climate and topography, have often conditioned the foreign policy outlook of...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Globalisation vs national security

Globalisation vs national security

The origin of the modern concept of "national security" as a philosophy of maintaining a stable nation state can be traced to the Peace of Westphalia, wherein the concept of a sovereign state, ruled by a sovereign, became the basis of a new international order of nation states. Ever since then, the concept...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
Safeguarding gender equality

Safeguarding gender equality

Women Empowerment and Gender Equity is a core development objective in its own right. Empowering women as economic, political and social actors can change policy choices and make institutions more representative of a range of voices. Women's empowerment educates and empowers women with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, create...

Published Date: March 10, 2014
From peril to a secure footing

From peril to a secure footing

Unlike sex, masculinity or femininity isn't all biological. Rather they are socio-cultural traits. Our society being patriarchal, denies women equal treatment, sometimes subtly, at other times, crudely. Discrimination against women is pervasive of which violence against them is manifestly the worst. On March 05, 2013, the UN launched a very informative report by its Secretary General at the 57th session of the commission of women. The report pointed out as many as 7 in every 10 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Statistics indicate that violence against women and girls is a universal phenomenon, cutting across income, class and cultural levels. Forms and manifestations...