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Human Rights

Govt slams Israel over Gaza killings

The government yesterday strongly condemned the killings of innocent Palestinian people by Israeli air-strikes over the last few days. Terming the killings a serious violation of human rights, the cabinet urged the international community to mount pressure on Israel to immediately stop the heinous attacks on innumerable Palestinians. The cabinet approved a condemnation motion protesting the attack, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the meeting. Bangladesh has unequivocal support for the rights of the Palestinian people and this support...

UN must block flow of arms to Syria: HRW

An international rights group yesterday called for the UN Security Council to block the flow of weapons to Syria's regime, which it said was launching indiscriminate attacks with "barrel bombs". The call from Human Rights Watch came a day after a group of prominent legal experts urged the United Nations to deliver aid to rebel areas in Syria, even over objections from the Syrian government. The New York-based rights group said it had documented 85 aerial attacks by the regime against...

Human Rights Campaign

Lawyering for right to food

Lawyering for right to food

Right to food is one of the fundamental human rights which is not only enshrined in the national constitution but also recognised in the international instruments dealing with human rights. Right to food has been asserted in the constitution of the people's republic of Bangladesh under the head of fundamental principles of state...

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought cooperation of the international community for the implementation of its National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals here.   Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, now in Geneva, conveyed the request while briefing the international community on the Bangladesh National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals. The Foreign...

Between The Lines

Parties ignore human rights

DICTATORSHIPS get a fillip when democracies falter. India committed this cardinal sin when it abstained from voting at the UN Human Rights Council. A resolution was sought to be passed to seek an international, transparent inquiry to find out whether Sri Lanka had killed in cold blood 40,000 soldiers and others in the wake of hostilities against the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE). They had surrendered unconditionally. India's abstention reminds me of the words of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru:...

Right to life and liberty in Bangladesh

THE human rights situation in Bangladesh came under Universal Period Review (UPR) for the second time on April 29, 2013. The working group concerned adopted the report on Bangladesh on May 2, 2013. In her submission, the head of the Bangladesh delegation, the then foreign minister, claimed that the government was “focused on building a robust normative and institutional framework… to ensure that all citizens enjoyed all human rights as guaranteed in the Constitution.” Among other things the minister highlighted...

FIRST CENSUS IN DECADES

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar today for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as "Rohingya". And administrators in some parts of the country — including rebel controlled areas in Kachin and Wa...

In South Africa, children raping children

In South Africa, children raping children

It is hard to imagine – a three-year-old girl being raped. It is even harder to fathom the rapists being children themselves. But in South Africa, not only is this crime shockingly common, it may be on the rise, according to a CNN report. Total 45 percent of rapes reported to the police in South...

Surgery 'done By Ward Boy'

HC summons RMCH officials

The High Court yesterday summoned the director and the registrar of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) to explain a reported incident that a ward boy of the hospital had carried out an operation in absence of a surgeon. The RMCH officials have been asked to appear before the court on March 5 also to explain their role in connection with the incident. The order came in response to a writ petition filed by a rights organisation-- Human Rights and Peace...

For 4-yr-old Syrian boy, it’s a lonely journey in desert

For 4-yr-old Syrian boy, it’s a lonely journey in desert

A four-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert was reunited with his family across the border in Jordan, Yahoo News reported quoting a United Nations official Sunday. The boy, Marwan, had apparently become separated from his mother when he was spotted by humanitarian workers for the United Nations...

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