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Human Rights Watch

Scrap broadcast policy

The Human Rights Watch in a report has urged the Bangladesh government to revoke the newly formulated National Broadcast Policy immediately, saying the policy imposes draconian restrictions on media freedom. “This policy is a frontal assault on media freedom, which is essential as a check on government power, corruption, and human rights abuses, among many other issues,” Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in the report published on Wednesday. “It empowers an increasingly authoritarian state with tools to go after...

Revoke draconian media policy, HRW tells govt

Revoke draconian media policy, HRW tells govt

Human Rights Watch today urged the Bangladesh government to immediately revoke a new media policy that imposes draconian restrictions on media freedom. Donors should make it clear to the government that limits on freedom of expression that violate international law are unacceptable, the New York-based rights organisation said in a report published in its...

COMMENT OVER GHULAM AZAM'S VERDICT

ICT cautions HRW

ICT cautions HRW

International Crimes Tribunal-1 today cautioned Human Rights Watch to be more “circumspect” while making any comment over Bangladesh's judiciary. The tribunal came up with the warning after it found the comments made by the rights organisation over war criminal Ghulam Azam's trial contemptuous. On August 16 last year, the HRW, in an article published in...

Lebanon deports Bangladeshi migrant workers' children

Lebanon deports Bangladeshi migrant workers' children

Lebanon is deporting locally born children of migrant workers from Bangladesh and five other countries and, in some cases, their mothers, according to nine NGOs operating in the country. The other countries are: Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Ghana, South Sudan, and Madagascar, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on September 2.

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 demand as a foreign organisation. “The Bangladeshi government has promised to reform Rab and hold it accountable, but it has utterly failed,”...

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...

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