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Human Rights Watch

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...

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...

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