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Human Rights

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...

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Reinforcing development and human rights

Reinforcing development and human rights

STRESSING that the United Nations is built around the three pillars - peace and security, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, On January 19, 2015 underlined the need to pay attention to their interdependence, during an address to the Security Council. “The founders of the United Nations well understood that if we ignore one pillar, we imperil the other two,” said Mr. Ban. “The post-2015 sustainable development agenda is an important opportunity to reinforce the interdependence of development, peace and security, and human rights” he added. The Secretary-General said he was encouraged that during debates so far held about completing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of this...

Freedom of speech and West's flawed perception of it

Freedom of speech or expression predates modern international human rights instruments. Like freedom of association and free media, freedom of speech is considered an indispensable pillar of democracy. Without this marble column, the great edifice of democracy is bound to rapidly collapse.    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) asserts everyone's right to freedom of opinion and expression. Freedom of expression is also recognised in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political...

HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR

Bangladesh can pioneer a workers' rights model

Bangladesh can pioneer a workers' rights model

IN 1950, when UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day, to bring attention to the principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it contemplated that the rights will be provided by Members States, and did not apply to corporate actors.   The affirmation of human rights by states was critical, as...

Editorial

State of human rights in the country

THIS is an issue to which we have repeatedly drawn the attention of the government. Our fears and concerns have once again been reflected by Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK), the leading human rights watchdog in the country. The figures are dismal, those being worse than the previous year's. It is even more perturbing when we see that it is the state agencies which are the greatest threat to human security in the country, when the contrary should be...

Jihad's Death In Well

MJF seeks fair probe, justice

Manusher Jonno Foundation, an organisation working on human rights and governance issues, and its 17 associate child rights groups, yesterday demanded a fair investigation into the incident and exemplary punishment for those responsible for the tragic death of four-year-old Jihad. In a statement, MJF expressed its concern at, what it said, the negligence of the authorities concerned and irresponsibility in rescuing Jihad from a well. The statement signed by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said the expertise and responsibility of the...

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NOW

Radical goals for sustainable development

LET us imagine for a moment that we could change the world according to our wishes. Dramatic economic inequality gives way to social and political inclusion. Universal human rights become a reality. We end deforestation and the destruction of arable land. Fish stocks recover. Two billion people look forward to a life without poverty, hunger, and violence. Rather than paying lip service to climate change and resource scarcity, we start to respect and uphold the limits of our planet...

HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR

Repeal Lunacy Act

Repeal Lunacy Act

LEGALLY speaking, a 'Mentally Retarded' is that person who significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behaviour and manifested during the developmental period, which adversely affects a child's educational performance; where a 'Mentally ill' person is s/he who is suffering from mental illness or mental disorder, as defined in...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human...

Editorial

Human rights day and us

THE United Nations Human Rights Day passed yesterday with a very meaningful message for the whole year. This year's slogan is “Human Rights 365,” which underscores the idea that every day is a human rights day. This is to elevate the routine and ritualistic observance of the day to a solemn and substantive level. By stressing the need for year round commitment to human rights, the UN has put across two important messages: First, the UN agencies and the...

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