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Human Rights Watch

Dismantle Rab

Dismantle Rab

Human Rights Watch in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated its call for disbanding Rapid Action Battalion as it believed the elite force is “beyond reform.” Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. The government, however, rejected outright the call of HRW, while National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) saw “politics” in the demand of the global watchdog and questioned its jurisdiction over raising such a...

HRW again urges disbanding Rab

HRW again urges disbanding Rab

Human Rights Watch in an open letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated its demand to disband Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. “The Bangladeshi government has...

Iraq forces 'killed 255 Sunni prisoners': HRW

Iraq forces 'killed 255 Sunni prisoners': HRW

Iraqi security forces and government-affiliated militias appear to have executed at least 255 prisoners since 9 June, a human rights group says. The killings appeared to be retaliation for attacks by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), Human Rights Watch said in a statement. The prisoners were all Sunni Muslims, while...

New law to limit NGO activities

Human Rights Watch yesterday called upon international donors to publicly express concern over the draft Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, 2014, saying it would severely restrict the already “beleaguered NGOs”. “The draft law can easily be misused to limit perfectly legitimate activities of NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) and to attack its critics,” HRW Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson said. The draft law, approved by the cabinet early in June, and which will now be presented to the parliamentary standing committee for...

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Withdraw tough draft law on NGOs, HRW tells govt

Calling upon the international donors to publicly express concerns over a law proposed by Bangladesh government to impose draconian restrictions on already beleaguered NGOs, the Human Rights Watch said the law should be withdrawn. “The draft law can easily be misused to limit perfectly legitimate activities of NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) and to attack critics,”...

Release factory inspection reports

Release factory inspection reports

Human Rights Watch today called upon Bangladesh government to make public the findings of its safety inspections at garment factories. Reports should be published in Bangla as well as English so that they are accessible to workers, the New York based rights organisation said in a report. “Efforts to make the Bangladesh garment industry safer...

Contempt Of Tribunal

HRW says sorry to ICT

The Human Rights Watch has apologised to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for any inadvertent mistake it had made in its August 16, 2013, report on the verdict of former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam. However, the New York-based rights body said the publication and the American nationals who wrote it were under the jurisdiction of US laws and they were beyond the tribunal's territorial jurisdiction. On behalf of HRW, counsellor Asaduzzaman made the submission before the tribunal following the prosecution plea to...

Widen inquiry into Rab, HRW tells Hasina

Widen inquiry into Rab, HRW tells Hasina

Human Rights Watch in an open letter urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today to establish an independent body to investigate evidence that Rab has been responsible for extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, and other serious abuses over many years. “The prime minister must now broaden the probe and create an independent process to ensure accountability...

JANUARY 5 POLLS VIOLENCE

Prosecute law enforcers for abduction, killing: HRW

Prosecute law enforcers for abduction, killing: HRW

The Human Rights Watch today came up with the observation that law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and the unlawful destruction of private property. The global watch dog suggested prosecution of members of law enforcement agencies who found responsible for unlawful killings, torture, and other human rights...

Rana Plaza Victims

Help injured, families fast

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged international garment retailers to adequately compensate the victims of Rana Plaza collapse. In a report to mark the first anniversary of the deadliest garment factory disaster in the world history, the New York-based rights organisation has said those who were injured and the families of those who were killed in the tragedy urgently need assistance. “One year after Rana Plaza collapsed, far too many victims and their families are at serious risk of destitution,” said...

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