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  • Killings at the Bangladesh-India border

    January 7 marked the ninth anniversary of the gruesome killing of Felani Khatun, 15 years old, at Anantapur border of Phulbari Upzila

  • Why is most of Asia looking away from Myanmar?

    The latest resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly condemning rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups in Myanmar was the third such resolution on the subject.

  • Will the National Human Rights Commission fulfil our expectations?

    At a recent dialogue between civil society members and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the newly appointed

  • 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

  • A pathway to justice through jurisdiction?

    Public hearings are currently taking place on the request for the indication of provisional measures—an interim order on Myanmar to cease and desist from any actions that harms or may cause harm to the Rohingyas, while the International Court of Justice considers the full merits of the case. I

  • Rokeya and the need for more sisterhood

    In the last few weeks, about 40 Bangladeshi domestic workers in Saudi Arabia posted video messages on social media with SOS calls to be rescued.

  • CHT Accord: 22 years of promises not kept

    In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, clashes between Bangladeshi military and Shanti Bahini continued for more than two decades.

  • Child brides: Tales of robbed childhood and shattered dreams

    Child marriage is an aberration that has permeated the boundaries of nationality, religion and race. Be it in Africa, Middle East, Latin America or Asia, child marriage nips the dreams of young girls in the bud.

  • End rape—an intolerable cost to society

    If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. That means a significant weapon of war gone from the arsenal of conflict, the absence of a daily risk assessment for girls and women in public and private spaces, the removal of a violent assertion of power, and a far-reaching shift for our society.

  • 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.

  • Defending the mother of all rights

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and its absence turns a human life into an animal’s.

  • When search for a livelihood ends in abuse and death

    On October 24, Abiron Begum’s family members received her dead body in a coffin from the Shahjalal International Airport.

  • Increasing accessibility for the disabled: Not just a moral obligation

    Recently, I was travelling from Dhaka Sadarghat Terminal to Barishal by one of the three-storied vessels that are available on this route. Before the journey started, I was waiting on the deck and saw a young woman in a wheelchair being boarded on the vessel.

  • Let girls realise their dreams

    All over the world, we are seeing more and more girls raising their voice for their rights. From stopping child marriages to standing up against gender-based violence and demanding action to address the climate emergency—girls are refusing to be ignored.

  • Child domestic workers need more protection

    The recent report of an 11-year-old domestic help, Sharif, falling off a window shade of a high-rise building in his attempt to escape his employers who subjected him to brutal mental and physical torture, sheds light on an unacceptable social practice—employment of underage children in households as domestic help and their subsequent abuse at the hands of their employers.

  • A child’s right to identity

    A name and a nationality are every child’s right. They are cardinal principles enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other key international treaties.

  • 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

    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.