Pandemic and prisons: the powder keg

Human-Kind is under attack. People of all races, colours, countries, religions and social classes stand on a common platform to face the massive onslaught of the coronavirus.

Protect human rights during the pandemic

In a situation where the covid-19 virus has overwhelmed some of the world’s best resourced healthcare systems, Bangladesh—like other developing countries—must brace for the worst.

Why citizens must speak out against injustice

The first amendment to the United States Constitution declares that government shall make no laws “abridging the freedom of speech”.

Addressing the plight of women migrant workers

In recent time numerous stories have been reported in the media about the unspeakable sufferings and exploitations of Bangladeshi women migrant workers (WMWs) in some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Has Bangladesh provided an excuse for Suu Kyi’s defence?

It was another reprehensible act of genocide denial. While defending the indefensible at the world court, the International Court of Justice

Rohingya repatriation: No more dancing around key issues

In the last two weeks, the world has witnessed a renewed interest in the Rohingya’s struggles for justice and persecution of Myanmar officials for the Rohingya genocide.

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.

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.