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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 ...

Kalabagan Tentultala playground protection movement: mother and son released 

Syeda Ratna and her youngest son, Isa Abdullah Sadekin Piyanshuk, were freed on bail by the police after they mounted a demonstration against the construction of the Kalabagan police station building at the Kalabagan Tentultala field in August.

At 12:15 p.m. on Sunday (April 24), Paritosh Chandra, the officer in charge of the Kalabagan Police Station, verified that they were released at 12:15 p.m.

Govt mulls data privacy protection law: Minister

The government is planning to formulate a law regarding data privacy protection, state minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said Thursday. He said this while inaugurating the Data Centre Disaster Recovery Site Border Guard Bangladesh-49 headquarters in Jashore in the afternoon, reports news agency UNB. Important information from different government and private institutes can easily go outside the country through Facebook or Google and some other tech companies, he said. <...

Arbitrary detention by unelected govt

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) once again draws attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council and independent experts of its Special Procedures about systemic use of arbitrary arrests and detention as a tool for silencing the citizens, coerce the state power, and enjoy corruption.

Bangladesh is a State where legality or rational reason is not required for arresting a person. A coercive law-enforcement system and an illegitimate government, which consecutively retains State’s power by using the

Prime suspect Asadul admits involvement

Rapid Action Battalion on Friday said they are still not sure of any motive behind the hammer attack on Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Wahida Khanam and her father but prime suspect Asadul Haque claimed that they intended to rob the place.

"Asadul said their motive was to loot valuables from the UNO's house," Rab-13 Commanding Officer Reza Ahmed Ferdous told reporters at a press briefing in the evening. The Rab ...