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Human Rights

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...

Editorial

Establishment of indigenous people's rights

When we are concerned with the rights of the indigenous people, the government has created an unnecessary controversy by asking the media, experts, academics and members of civil society to avoid using the term 'Adivasis' in relation to them at any discussion on the occasion of World Indigenous Day. Indigenous people in Bangladesh are citizens of country who have been, regrettably, kept marginalised so far. They have been under pressure in these past many years through systematic assaults being made...

Silence Over Gaza

Hasina slams developed countries

Hasina slams developed countries

Strongly condemning the killings in Gaza by Israelis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily again on the developed nations and the human rights organisations at home and abroad for their silence over the offensive. "I am stunned to see the world conscience remain silent. When one incident of death occurs here (Bangladesh),...

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...

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