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Limon's ordeal and the State

THE optimists in Bangladesh would hope and pray that Limon's ordeal has perhaps come to an end, now that all the criminal cases filed against him have been withdrawn by the state. Limon, a young man, has been a subject of public discussion through sheer misfortune, by a suspect lethal action of a state organ that has left him crippled for the rest of his life. Fortunately, however, the incident has not crippled his spirit as he is reportedly...

US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by ISIS, according to a senior US official. The report came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights yesterday said US-led air strikes in Syria have...

Test cops’ mental eligibility before providing firearms

Test cops’ mental eligibility before providing firearms

Policemen who need to carry firearms must undergo mental tests to determine whether they are capable of maintaining sanity, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chief said today. "They should be tested well to determine their mental fitness before they receive firearms," Mizanur Rahman said while visiting Shah Alam, whom a sub-inspector of Sher-e-Bangla...

Human Rights Campaign

15TH HRSS on Human Rights and Religion

15TH HRSS on Human Rights and Religion

THE 15th Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) has been started at PROSHIKA HRDC, Koitta, Manikgonj on 10 October 2014 with the participation of 48 selected law students of 12 universities of home and abroad. HRSS is a two weeks residential course on human rights jurisprudence conducted by law research institution, Empowerment through Law...

Adilur gets int'l honour for human rights role

Adilur gets int'l honour for human rights role

Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary to rights organisation Odhikar, has been awarded the Martin Ennals prize for his role in defending human rights in Bangladesh. Ten leading international rights groups nominated Adilur along with Alejandra Acheita of Mexico and Cao Shunli of China for the 2014 Martin Ennals Award Laureate. Of the three, Ancheita, founder and executive director of ProDESC, was selected for the honour for her work with migrants, workers and indigenous community for over 15 years. While Adilur and Cao Shunli were awarded Martin Ennals prizes. The award is a unique collaboration among ten of the world's largest rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW), to give protection to...

Human rights under attack everywhere

Human rights under attack everywhere

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday warned that human rights were "under attack" throughout the world as he opened the General Assembly debate. "From barrel bombs to beheadings, from the deliberate starvation of civilians to the assault on hospitals, UN shelters and aid convoys, human rights and the rule of law are under attack,"...

300 Kurds cross from Turkey to Syria to fight jihadists

At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said yesterday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds had joined the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in their fight against the IS group as it seeks to capture the town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds. The fighting around the strategic town has prompted a mass...

Cops’ broken chain of command worsens HR situation: NHRC chief

Cops’ broken chain of command worsens HR situation: NHRC chief

The chain of command of police administration has broken down, resulting in slide in human rights and law and order situations, the National Human Rights Commission Chairman (NHRC) chief said today. "Instead of arresting the real culprits, they (police) are repressing the general people," Mizanur Rahman said after visiting economist Prof Mahbubullah, who was...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the UN's human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. The high...

US cannot lecture on human rights

The United States must sort out its own human rights abuses before lecturing others, Amnesty International has said, referring to the crackdown on the Ferguson demonstrations - sentiments astonishingly shared by Iran, Egypt and China. The campaigners have criticised the over-militarised response to protests that erupted after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police on 9 August. Fierce clashes between residents and officers resulted in the deployment of the National Guard yesterday, while this past week has...

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