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Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Bangladesh government failed to prosecute security forces for serious abuses including killings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. “Government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election, while opposition parties engaged in violent and indiscriminate attacks to impose...

HRW slams govt for gagging opposition, media

HRW slams govt for gagging opposition, media

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticised Bangladesh government’s steps towards “curbing” the activities of BNP, the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the media saying such censorship will inflame the already tense situation in the country. In a press release issued today, the global rights group said the government should immediately end “use of excessive force, stop...

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by International Crimes Tribunal further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Bergman was sentenced to a symbolic “simple imprisonment till the rising of...

Halt Kamaruzzaman’s execution: HRW

Halt Kamaruzzaman’s execution: HRW

The death sentence against war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzman should immediately be stayed, Human Rights Watch said today. The Jamaat-e-Islami leader should be granted a right to appeal against the death sentence, said a statement of the New York-based rights body published in its website. The HRW is deeply concerned at news that the government has...

Exploited, abused

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh and many other Asian and African countries are "beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labour situations" in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said a report of Human Rights Watch yesterday. "Labour-sending countries also do not fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad," it states. The 79-page report titled “'I Already Bought You': Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates” documents how...

MAIMING LIMON

End impunity for Rab men: HRW

End impunity for Rab men: HRW

The Bangladesh government should order an independent investigation and prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion members responsible for shooting and maiming Limon Hossain, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities finally dropped politically motivated charges against the teenager but have not taken action against his attackers, the New York-based rights organisation said in a report...

Don't lower girls' minimum marriage age: HRW

Don't lower girls' minimum marriage age: HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Bangladesh government not to lower marriage age for girls, suggesting the country complies with international prohibitions against child marriage. "The proposed revisions would reverse stated government aims to reduce child marriage among girls," the New York-based rights group said referring to the proposed lowering of girls' age...

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...

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