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BANGLADESH: States must call out violations of civic freedoms at upcoming UN review

Bangladesh's human rights record is going to be reviewed at the 44th session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 13 November 2023.  CIVICUS and AHRC submitted a stakeholder submission for the UPR in April 2023 where our organisations highlight a range of issues. Out of the 29 recommendations Bangladesh received during the previous cycle of the UPR related to civic space, it has only partially implemented one, says a press release of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Dialogue without preconditions, Haas for political parties

The United States ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Haas, on Tuesday called political parties for dialogue without any preconditions to resolve ongoing crisis in the country. He came up with the call while talking to reporters after holding a meeting with chief election commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal.

The US envoy’s remark came while the ruling Awami League and its allies are firm in their stand to hold the next general election under AL government and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its likeminded parties and alliances are ...

US taking steps to impose visa restrictions on Bangladeshis

The United States Department of States today said it is taking steps to impose visa restrictions on Bangladeshi individuals responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic election process in Bangladesh. "These individuals include members of law enforcement, the ruling party, and the political opposition," said State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller in a statement today. He said the US is committed to supporting free and fair elections in Bangladesh that are carried out in a peaceful manner. These persons and members of their immediate family may be found ineligible for entry into the United States, Mille...

What lies ahead for Bangladesh?

Sudha Ramachandran

[caption id="attachment_29806" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sudha Ramachandran[/caption] Bangladesh is due to vote in general elections in January 2024. Opposition parties are threatening to boycott the election if the Awami League government does not meet their demand for elections under a caretaker government. The opposition’s protest rallies have been peaceful so far, but this could change in the coming weeks and months, especially if the sta...

Obama’s support to Yunus complicates Bangladesh politics

On July 23, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh upheld a lower court decision that said Mohammed Yunus must pay taxes on $7 million of donations he made between 2011 and 2014 to three trusts — Professor Muhammad Yunus Trust, the Yunus Family Trust and the Yunus Centre. The apex court ruled that these donations are not exempted under any existing laws. Yunus has been asked to pay a hefty $1.4 million in taxes. On August 17, former US President Barack Obama wrote a letter to Yunus, extending the support on behalf of millions of people whose potential he invested in. ...