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Human Rights

Editorial

AI report 2014-15

THE latest annual report by the London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), echoes the concerns raised by our own human rights organisations regarding enforced disappearances, impunity of law enforcement agencies, circumscribing the freedom of journalists and human rights defenders and violence against women. Through the years, what has perhaps been as alarming as the consistency of violations is the consistency of the state in not acknowledging and addressing the apprehensions regarding human rights violations. The report suggests that an...

Politics in Bangladesh

Comprehensive concept of inclusive polls can end crisis

A member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights has said Bangladesh can overcome the current crisis through a comprehensive concept for having an inclusive, participatory and democratic approach which allows people to participate in the elections. “Potential new elections would need to bring in new faces and new people. Only then may things begin to change,” Josef Weidenholzer said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle. About Bangladesh's situation, Weidenholzer, who along with two other European Members of Parliament...

Indigenous people deprived more in 2014: report

Indigenous people deprived more in 2014: report

The frequency of violation of civil and political rights to people of the ethnic minority in Bangladesh intensified further during last year, a report published today said. 15 belonging to the ethnic minority killed 122 women, girls subjected to sexual and physical violence Eminent citizens concerned over rights violation At least 15 people belonging to the ethnic minority were killed allegedly by Bengali settlers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and the plains, the report titled “The Human Rights Report 2014 on Indigenous Peoples” said. The report, prepared by Kapaeeng Foundation on the basis of news reports, was launched in the capital's The Daily Star Centre today. “Eight men and seven indigenous women were killed...

Human Rights Monitor

Necessity of a comprehensive law to ensure right to food

Necessity of a comprehensive law to ensure right to food

WHEN we talk about right to food, at first instance, people gets confined to the idea of providing food assistance to the poor as a sign of kindness to the poor where approach appears as faulty. Providing food assistance to the poor by the state is not a charity work, it is part...

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State (IS) has abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from villages in north-eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr. Some Assyrians managed to escape and made their way east...

2 pro-BNP men killed in Barisal ‘shootout’

2 pro-BNP men killed in Barisal ‘shootout’

Two pro-BNP activists were killed in a “gunfight” with police after the law enforcers came under a firebomb attack in Agailjhara upazila of Barisal early today. Deceased Tipu Hawlader, 30, was sports secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal district unit; and Kabir Mollah, 32, was a member of local Jubo Dal, our Barisal correspondent reports...

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

The visiting EU parliamentary delegation did not express any concerns about the human rights situation in Bangladesh, claimed State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam today. Shahriar was speaking to journalists after the European Parliament's sub-committee on human rights met him at the foreign ministry in Dhaka. “We told the delegation that the law enforcers...

HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR

UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF HERMAPHRODITES

UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF HERMAPHRODITES

WHEN we see hermaphrodites or commonly known as Hijras collecting money from the people for their own maintenance in the streets, our heart skips a little beat with a fear of being harassed. But we never think for a while that what the reason behind they beg for money. Hermaphrodites, who have no gender, are neglected in our society. Over the past few decades, hermaphrodites have suffered persecution and ostracism from society and their families. Now, they are detached from their family, society, educational institutions which shattered their confidence to struggle for the survival in the world.  Moreover, our social stigma is that they were born to be teased everywhere....

Prosecute arsonists

The people killing civilians and committing crimes in the name of the blockade and hartal must be brought to trial immediately, some eminent persons said yesterday. The BNP-Jamaat alliance is out to turn Bangladesh into a "failed state", so the government and the people must joint hands to prevent these crimes, they told a discussion, "Terrorism, human rights and democracy: Perspective Bangladesh", in the capital's WVA auditorium. Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee organised the programme, marking the 93rd birth anniversary of...

Editorial

Sharp rise in 'shootout'!

It is worrying that three more were killed in 'gunfight' with law enforcing agencies in two separate incidents in the last two days of the week. We are seeing a sharp rise in such 'gunfights' since the 20-party alliance enforced a nationwide blockade a month ago. During this period, it is reported that 16 have been killed in 'shootout' of whom 6 were identified as opposition activists. Human rights activists have attributed this abrupt rise in extra-judicial killing, particularly death...

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