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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...

Probe recent killings, stop arbitrary arrest of politicians

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said the Bangladesh government should investigate the recent killing of protesters and stop “arbitrary” arrests of members of opposition parties. The London-based Amnesty International in a report dated January 8 on its website also said the Bangladeshi authorities must free a “prominent journalist” arrested this week as part of an apparent crackdown against the BNP. “The government of Bangladesh has a duty to launch an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the deaths [of...

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...

Editorial

Tazreen two years on

IT is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012. The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies -- Accord and Alliance -- assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA. But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any...

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...

Comments on Judiciary

War tribunal warns HRW

The Human Rights Watch has committed the “worst kind of contempt” by making comments without having adequate knowledge of facts, ruled International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday issuing a warning against HRW. The tribunal was lenient on the global rights watchdog as it was its first offence and asked it to be more “circumspect” in making comments about Bangladesh's judiciary. Disposing of contempt petition, the tribunal said the HRW had made contemptuous remarks in their official website regarding the judges and the authority...

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.

Widen inquiry against Rab

Human Rights Watch has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to establish an independent body "to investigate evidence that the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (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 for all cases, not just Narayanganj,” said Brad Adams, Asia Director of the HRW, in an open letter yesterday. The New York-based rights organisation also reiterated...

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...

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