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The outcome of any UPR or treaty body review should be placed before the parliament for deliberation and policy guidance

The outcome of any UPR or treaty body review should be placed before the parliament for deliberation and policy guidance

UPR may be described as an interactive dialogue about human rights situation between the state under review and other UN Member States. It entails immense importance in the present context. For instance, although it is said that human rights are universal, in practice states have a tendency to view their respective human rights situations as domestic matters.

Is there a human right to water?
Law & Our Rights

Is there a human right to water?

Although water is an essential element for human survival, access to water was not recognised as a human right when most fundamental rights were adopted under the International Bill of Human Rights. The reason behind this might be that none had predicted that a time would come when water would become insufficient for the masses.

  • The myth of tough punishments and crime prevention

    It has been somewhat fashionable in our country to demand tough punishments as a prevention tool for crimes that society abhors. In view of the apparently increasing rate of rape, some observers have demanded capital punishment for perpetrators of rape. Even

  • 9th Inter-Year Moot Court Competition by DUMCS

    Dhaka University Moot Court Society (DUMCS) has been continuously striving to foster mooting culture in Bangladesh. The pioneer organisation has recently organised the 9th Inter Year Moot Court Competition, held from 29th August 2019 to 1st September 2019.

  • Influence of colonialism in criminal sentencing

    Professor Werner F. Menski, in the foreword of the book “Criminal Sentencing in Bangladesh: From Colonial Legacies to Modernity”, describes it as a “splendid book” which is a “highly significant contribution to the ongoing global debates.” Although Professor Menski

  • The socio-economic implication of the Rohingya crisis

    Bangladesh is hosting to nearly a million Rohingyas that fled Myanmar from fear of military persecution. The country, which already grapples with social and economic constraints and is also densely populated has received international praise for its efforts, but the

  • Dualism is to everyone’s loss

    To be a successful criminal (No! I am not opening a school), besides having 10 SIM cards (legally allowed for each operator), an oily body to slip away if caught, a foul mouth, an arsenal of weapons, and liaison with uniformed ostads and informed murubbis, one must

  • Maze of belief-disbelief: Corroboration in rape cases

    Corroboration rule in rape cases has mostly evolved in the sub-continent including in Bangladesh as a rule of prudence as opposed to one of law. It implies that the solitary evidence of the alleged victim cannot be accepted as sufficient, rather it requires corroboration

  • Making a city habitable and safe

    Dhaka, continues to be ranked one of the least livable cities in the world. (The Daily Star, August 30, 2019). The city fared poorly on digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security indicators, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

  • The legality of artificial intelligence weapons

    There is no legal definition regarding artificial intelligence (AI) weapons, no treaties and national legislation define such autonomous weapons system (AWS). In 2013 the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) defined AWS which is the most cited definition till date. The

  • Concerns on the use of polythene

    Every year, nearly 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans and with that status quo it has been estimated that, there will be more plastic than fish by 2050. It is worthy to mention that in 2002 Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thinner

  • Gender in Bangabandhu’s Regime

    There were four governments under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation. Gender took different dimensions but did not undergo significant changes during the period. For example, the need for gender equality in politics

  • Adoption of UN resolution concerning religion-based violence

    Religion-based violence is a cause for grave concern across the world. From the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the persecution of Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar and violent mass shootings in places of worship, international harmony is plagued by the

  • Admissibility of digital evidence

    With the advent of digitalisation, the world has witnessed not only technological revolution but also sophisticated, critical, digital and more organised means of committing crimes. Unfortunately, our orthodox procedural laws have had a paralysing impact on justice

  • Quest for Justice for the Poor People

    Access to justice is recognised as one of the fundamental tenets of rule of law, democracy and human rights. Given the growing dissatisfaction of people with both the process and outcome of justice delivery system, alternative dispute resolution is increasingly

  • Accessible book format for the persons with visual impairments

    Intellectual property (IP) system often faces ethical conundrums when it comes to serve the poor segment or to secure larger societal goals instead of protecting corporate interests. Likewise, book famine for visually impaired persons or persons otherwise with print

  • Remembering the victims of terrorism

    The primary responsibility to support victims of terrorism and to uphold their rights rests with the States themselves. The United Nations (UN) has been working to provide resources, mobilise the international community and better address the needs of victims of terrorism

  • Service of notices by registered post

    I am a tenant of a commercial plot in Tejgaon, I have recently received a notice of termination of my lease from my landlord through registered post. However, upon reading the notice, I found out that the notice was issued one month ago but I received it just recently

  • Non-compete clause: Can employer impose restraint upon former employees?

    Usually, employers use the post-employment restraint clauses or non-compete clauses to defend their business interests after an employee departs their company. Non-compete clause is notably added in the employment contract seeking to refrain an employee to

  • The situation requires immediate global action

    Nickey Diamond (ND): From the Myanmar government policies and practices, it has appeared that the recent Rohingya crisis is the


    Employing domestic helper of varying ages is a common practice in urban areas of Bangladesh. Over 80% of them are underage girls.

  • Arbitration Council to resolve family law disputes

    The Muslim Family Laws Ordinance (MFLO) 1961 has provisions for the constitution of Arbitration Council to resolve three specific

  • India brings major amendments to the Right to Information Act

    On August 1, 2019, the President of India assented to two key amendments to the country’s Right to Information (RTI) Act.

  • Sukuk: A new frontier for infrastructure financing in Bangladesh

    The Islamic finance industry has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion in Bangladesh. With estimated assets worth $31 billion, market research on Islamic finance has positioned Bangladesh as 17th among 131 countries. It is, therefore, no surprise that

  • Time to adopt intellectual property policy for universities

    Bangladesh has continuously been ranking in poor position at global and regional innovations index. Despite the noticeable progress in many areas, including ICT sectors, the scenario of innovations and creativity remain dissatisfactory. What factors are possibly

  • On the legal framework of VAT

    From 1st July 2019, the new Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Act (VAT & SD Act) of 2012 has been activated. The law is well-drafted and if implemented through the proper activation of the VAT Online system, it can reduce corruption in the revenue scenario

  • Let’s act to prevent human trafficking

    The 30th July is observed globally as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Originated in 2013, the day recognises the massive problem of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a human rights violation of the most serious nature and affects countries around the world.

  • Compromising accountability in the name of ‘good faith’?

    With regard to corruption by public servants, the Penal Code (the Code) has created a strict regime. In light of Section 161 of the Code,

  • Compromising accountability in the name of ‘good faith’?

    With regard to corruption by public servants, the Penal Code (the Code) has created a strict regime. In light of Section 161 of the Code,

  • Promoting FDI and SDGs through judicial development

    Sustainable development and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are somehow strongly connected which is widely recognised by a large number of policy instruments.

  • 16th Annual Human Rights Summit held

    Prominent speakers including Ambassador Reuben Armando Escalante Hasbun of El Salvador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra

  • Understanding Bangladesh’s stand in global climate change battle

    If human species somehow manage to survive the apocalyptic disaster of climate change, the Paris Agreement 2015 would be remembered as a remarkable achievement in the history of civilisation.