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  • Domestic violence: Still a formidable challenge

    After a week’s absence, Nazma entered the house with a lacklustre expression spread across her normally cheerful demeanour, with the slack of her sari pulled low over her face.

  • Bhasantek slum

    Housing the entire pyramid

    Bangladesh continues to grow at an impressive rate. According to World Bank projections, the country’s GDP growth for 2019 is 7.3 percent.

  • Protecting our female migrant workforce

    Foreign remittance is the second-biggest-grossing element of the Bangladesh economy after the ready-made garments industry.

  • Enforced Disappearance: Bangladesh’s Darkest Hours

    Michael Chakma, a youth leader of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) based in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, was forcibly disappeared in broad daylight from the outskirts of Dhaka on April 9 this year.

  • Rohingya children staring at a bleak future

    13-year-old Fatima (not her real name) is acutely aware of the importance of school. She fled Myanmar two years ago with nothing. She now lives in the world’s biggest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar with her parents, two sisters and grandfather. She has faced difficulties most children her age never will. She wants to be a teacher, but not just any teacher. She wants to teach girls because when girls are educated, they teach others.

  • Taking a stand against abuse and exploitation

    The World Day against Trafficking in Persons, observed on July 30 every year, is a timely annual reminder of the risks run by an estimated 700,000 Bangladeshis who chose to migrate abroad in search of work through irregular channels.

  • Bangladesh and the fight to end torture

    On June 26, the world comme-morated the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture—an opportunity to uphold the dignity of life, access to justice, and freedom from torture, which is a right of all people, to be enjoyed without discrimination, regardless of their civil, cultural, economic, political or social position or status.

  • Changing the narrative of rape

    In recent months, the national media has consistently drawn our attention to a crime that scourge our society: rape against women and children.

  • NHRC should rethink its strategy as a rights defender

    When human rights are violated, the job of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to provide the victims with legal aid. It can even stand by the victims in courts. The rights body also has the authority to recommend compensations to the victims, or their

  • The burden of the ‘Eves’ of this world

    "EVE-TEASING”, the colloquial term for public sexual harassment in use despite directives being issued by the High Court about changing it to a more appropriate term, alludes to the monotheism’s (mainly biblical sources) creation story concerning Adam and Eve.

  • Rohingya crisis: The long view

    There is no dearth of opinion on the Rohingya repatriation issue with political leaders, scholars, and even ordinary people all weighing in with their own views.

  • Sexual harassment and the law: Where’s the problem?

    Since its inception in 2017, the #MeToo Movement has been spreading across the world; it has brought to the fore the grave extent to which women from all strata of society face sexual harassment in their daily lives.

  • The plight of the displaced: Are we doing enough?

    Rfugee. Although the word is relatively new, appearing in the English language for the first time circa late 17th century, its story is as old as time itself.

  • We need to roll up our sleeves for South Asia’s children and we need to do it now

    Thease situations never cease to impress and move me: a girl who has never had the chance to go to school before, deep in concentration, learning how to bend and twist a shape drawn on paper into a word.

  • A rapidly ageing Asia means a rapidly growing need for domestic workers, but what about their rights?

    Asia is on track to become one of the “oldest” regions in the world in the next few decades. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the number of older persons in Asia-Pacific is expected to increase from an estimated 548 million

  • Let’s stand by our lone rangers: The role of RTI activists

    When young Shovon moved to Dhaka from his village not very long ago, he went looking for ponds to bathe in. He discovered quite a few of them, spread all over the city.

  • Social security for migrant workers: Some suggestions

    Labour migration is significant for the economy of Bangladesh for many reasons. Almost a quarter of job seekers who enter the country’s labour market every year are employed through migration overseas. In 2018, 734,181 Bangladesh migrant workers travelled abroad. Of them 13.85 percent were women.

  • Where is the law and humanity for children working in domestic settings?

    Around a month ago, protests broke out in Uttara after the body of a 12-year-old child named Boishakhi was recovered from a home in Sector 3, hanging from the ceiling fan.

  • Bangladesh labour rights

    Rights makeover overdue in Bangladesh garment industry

    Time will tell whether Bangladesh’s garment industry has its Wonder Woman. Last month, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) elected its first female president: Rubana Huq, managing director of the Mohammadi Group.

  • A sigh of relief?

    Very recently, a circular was issued by the Supreme Court saying that from now on, the testimony of women and children victims of rape and sexual assault, under Section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000, will be recorded only by female magistrates. This decision was taken based on the recommendation of the Supreme Court’s Special Committee for Judicial Reforms.

  • Why Julian Assange's extradition must be opposed at all costs

    Why Julian Assange's extradition must be opposed at all costs

    On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was

  • Bangladesh steps into the data protection regime

    The jurisprudence of data protection stems from the right to privacy. Data protection and privacy are recognised as fundamental rights.

  • Garment workers health care

    Health issues of RMG workers need attention

    Garment workers have received a fair share of attention over the last few years due to their poor working conditions, low wages and benefits, and inadequate facilities at their factories of employment.

  • Risks and responses to Rohingya relocation plan

    It is now clear that the Bangladesh government is all set to relocate nearly 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, a remote island off its coast, starting April 2019.

  • Why we need more family level policy changes

    In April last year, the “two-finger test” on rape victims was banned by the High Court of Bangladesh stating it had no scientific or legal basis. Rights activists have long been insisting that the “two-finger test” was irrational and tantamount to a second rape of the victim.

  • All women and girls must be able to build the future they want

    The data—with its sexism and its gaps—shows us that many of the barriers girls experience are determined merely by their gender. This inequality, present in all societies, is by far the most widespread bias.

  • Rethinking our digital priorities

    On April 14, 2016, the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with the aim of giving control to people over their personal data, recognising certain “digital” rights that individuals are entitled to regarding how their personal data is collected and used.

  • Slavery is not a thing of the past

    While natural hazards like hurricanes, exacerbated by climate change, are causing people to migrate, it's conflict, violence and persecution that have forced more than 68.5 million people from their homes today,

  • Plight of the little-known 'tiger widows' of the Sundarbans

    The number of tigers in the world's forests has dwindled to only 4,000 from 1 lakh over the last 100 years. Three sub-species of tiger out of total eight have already become extinct. The tiger is categorised as a critically endangered species due to deforestation, piracy and poaching worldwide.

  • Some questions on the role of NHRC

    Recently, there has been much discussion about the independence and effectiveness of Bangladesh's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in light of the Commission's probe committee's report on the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali on December 31.