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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...

Find killers of labour activist: HRW

Find killers of labour activist: HRW

Human Rights Watch has asked the Bangladesh government to publicly explain efforts made to investigate the abduction, torture, and killing of the labour rights activist Aminul Islam two years ago, "including alleged links to state officials". While police have filed charges against a missing suspect, there have been no apparent efforts to investigate allegations...

New Saudi laws define atheists as ‘terrorists’

New Saudi laws define atheists as ‘terrorists’

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and...

Shocking revelations

THE collective conscience of our sweatshop owners for combating anti-compliant practices has not awakened. For the first time on Thursday night, an undercover Independent Television (ITV, a British television network), investigation reportage revealed a number of our RMG factories where verbal and physical abuse takes place, as workers are reduced to tears, slapped and kicked for not working fast enough. Another factory was filmed with its fire exits locked up during operational hours. Officials of another factory regularly manipulated...

HRW for trade union in RMG

Human Rights Watch has urged Bangladesh to stop garment owners from intimidating and threatening workers for organising trade unions and to prosecute those responsible for attacks on labour leaders. Foreign buyers, including major US and European retailers, should ensure that Bangladeshi garment suppliers respect labour rights, the New York-based rights body said in a report published yesterday. The rights body interviewed 47 workers of 21 factories in and around Dhaka to make the report. Some workers told HRW that not only had...

Owners threatening RMG workers over union: HRW

Owners threatening RMG workers over union: HRW

International rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has urged Bangladesh government to stop garment factory owners from intimidating and threatening workers for organising trade unions, and prosecute those responsible for attacks on labour leaders.

HR SITUATION IN BANGLADESH

A tragic backward slide: HRW

A tragic backward slide: HRW

Bangladesh tumbled backward on human rights in 2013 as the government engaged in a harsh crackdown on members of civil society, the media, and political opposition, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2014 released today. The authorities often employed violent and illegal measures against protesters, and failed to initiate any investigations into...

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