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  • The crumbling pillars of the fourth estate

    The year 2018 was not a good one for journalists, to put it mildly. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), at least 63 professional journalists were killed around the world in 2018, a marked increase by 15 percent since 2017.

  • Rohingya crisis: Issues and challenges that have emerged

    To date, much has been written and said about the Rohingya crisis. The regime in Naypyidaw has literally flouted all international laws and evaded pressures from the international community.

  • The silent suffering of mentally ill women

    A Prothom Alo online report on January 8 brought our attention to the crime of sexually abusing women suffering from mental illness.

  • For a homeland they would love to return to

    We grew up in a joint family. I'm the eldest of the girls, and have always felt like I have to set an example for my two little sisters. So, nine years ago, when I was the first of us to get a national ID card, I was beyond excited.

  • Migrants deserve dignity

    Kawsar is from Chandpur. He was determined to change his family's financial condition, and he knew he could achieve that by migrating abroad as a labourer. So he is going to Saudi Arabia.

  • Rights at stake in Bangladesh on Human Rights Day

    At a time when the most powerful countries in the world are closing their doors to refugees, Bangladesh has allowed in more than 700,000 Rohingya people, who fled violent attacks by the military in Myanmar since August 2017.

  • When laws fail to protect

    There is no dearth of laws in our country to protect people from danger. But none of them could protect Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grade student of the city's Viqarunnisa Noon School & College, who took her life on Monday hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.

  • The ball is now in Myanmar's court

    The November 15 attempt to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar has failed. And that was destined too, despite wholehearted efforts from Bangladesh. Although Myanmar officials were quick to blame their Bangladesh counterparts for the “failure”, the ground reality provided a different picture.

  • Why do the Rohingya refugees refuse to go back home?

    Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam/Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;” yet the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh do not want to return to their homes in Rakhine State of Myanmar, where generations of them have lived for centuries.

  • Are enforcers of law and dispensers of justice beyond accountability?

    Rule of law as a principle of governance involves that all persons, institutions and entities, public or private, including the state itself is

  • A Joint Message from Ambassadors For Change in Bangladesh

    Tomorrow, the 25th of November, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

  • Why we need a refugee assistance fund

    It has been said that if refugees and internally displaced people were a nation, they would make up one of the biggest countries in the world—ranking among the top 30 countries in terms of population.

  • Do the bells toll for Rohingyas?

    Mid-November has arrived and insecurity and uncertainty have descended over Rohingya refugees in Ukhia and Teknaf. The impending deadline has also elicited expressions of deep concern from UN independent experts and rights organisations.

  • The discrimination we allow

    In light of the Constitution, the state has equal responsibility along with the citizens of the country to ensure the rights of the Dalits and plain land indigenous people (IP).

  • Silenced like lambs

    Most Asian governments have refrained from condemning the shocking torture and murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Why?

  • Protection of Child Domestic Workers: A policy only on paper

    Nearly three years have passed since the Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy was approved by the government.

  • Empower girls: Before, during and after conflicts

    Women and girls are central to the success, growth and prosperity of any country.

  • A denial and the reality

    Less than a week ago, on September 20, 2018 the Consideration of the Universal Periodic Review Outcome of Bangladesh was held at the 39th regular session of Human Rights Council.

  • A new era for sexual rights in South Asia

    For India to embrace the evolving understanding of sexual rights by removing an archaic legacy of colonial time,

  • ICT cases and lack of justification for remand

    When we talk about cases filed under the ICT Act, 2006, Section 57 of the Act crosses our mind almost instantly. Since its enactment in 2006, there were no charges under Section 57 until April 2013 when four bloggers were arrested for alleged incitement of religious hatred. There wasn't even a tribunal to try the cases, as the government had never felt the need to establish one until the end of 2013.

  • A silent crisis

    Rapid urbanisation has been inevitable in Bangladesh and, of course, is a sign of economic development and prosperity. It is believed that if the current rate of urbanisation continues, our urban population will exceed rural population by 2040. Because urban transition occurs in diverse patterns, it has both pros and cons.

  • Now is the time for global action on disability

    On July 24, 2018, the UK government hosts the Global Disability Summit in partnership with the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance.

  • Hammer, remand, inaction and innuendo

    For more than two weeks in campuses across the country students demanding a review of the controversial quota system for appointments to civil bureaucracy experienced brutality of a monumental scale.

  • Return to more of the same for the Rohingya

    A 'secret' memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UN agencies and the Myanmar government, a draft of which has been leaked online, revealed that Rohingya refugees cannot expect much change back home on their proposed return. While the UN is yet to publicly release the final MoU, the fact that the Rohingya themselves had not been consulted has been criticised by the Rohingya community.

  • Family planning is a human right

    In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that July 11 be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year, on World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund,

  • “Anti-drug drive” threatens development

    One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh faces formidable challenges to eradicate poverty and provide sustainable development to its communities. Yet the country has been successful in the past decade in rising to these challenges.

  • Elections in tea gardens and the larger issues of tea workers

    Election of Bangladesh Cha Sramik Union (BCSU) on June 24 was a joyous occasion for tea workers. BCSU happens to be the largest trade union in Bangladesh. And it is the only union for the 97,646 voters who are all registered workers in 161 tea gardens in Sylhet, Maulvibazar, Habiganj, Chattogram and Rangamati Hill District. The recent election was the third time since 1948 that the impoverished tea workers had voted for their leaders.

  • Drug problem requires collective solutions

    AT the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, it was not just governments that came together to decide on new drug policies that are humane and leave no one behind—people in general, including women and youth, congregated too.

  • Stranded in a foreign land

    It is believed that there are more displaced persons in the world today than at any other point in history. According to the UNHCR, there are 68.5 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their home. The UN Refugee Agency goes on to state: Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

  • An opportunity to reflect on the suffering of the displaced

    Tragically, more than 68 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes and are in need of generous hearts to help them through challenging times. Today is World Refugee Day, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the suffering of displaced people and what we can do to provide them safety as well as to prevent future displacement. On this year's World Refugee Day, Bangladesh stands out as a beacon of hope and inspiration.