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  • A crucial stocktaking

    Today, Bangladesh's human rights situation will be reviewed at the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva, under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. The UN Human Rights Council carries out UPR review every four and a half years and this is the third-cycle review for Bangladesh.

  • It's far from acceptable

    The overall human rights condition of the country's indigenous people remained far from acceptable in the year 2017 and little effort

  • Rohingya children

    Rohingya persecution, a consequence of hate: Amnesty

    “The horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar” is the consequence of “a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities,” Amnesty International (AI) says.

  • Freedom of Expression

    Govt failing to address rights abuses

    Bangladesh authorities failed to respond to repeated and serious allegations of secret detentions, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, denying the abuses instead of holding perpetrators accountable, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2018.

  • Protect human rights of all

    Much progress has been made towards economic development in the last year but sadly the same cannot be said about the state of human rights in the country.

  • A sense of fear prevails

    December 10, 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

  • Antonio Guterres

    UN calls world to stand up for ensuring human rights

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges people and leaders everywhere to stand up for all human rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural -- and for the values that underpin hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all.

  • Int'l Human Rights Day Today: Crimes grow in state's silence

    KM Shamim Akhter was forced into a microbus near his Paltan home on the morning of September 29, 2011 by five to six armed men claiming to be members of a law enforcement agency. His wife Jhorna Khanam and other family members left no stone unturned to find him out. But he still remains traceless.

  • UN expert for restraint in security drives in Rakhine state

    A United Nations human rights expert has expressed deep concern over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine State in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region.

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    Myanmar rejects allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya

    Myanmar rejects allegations of crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing during a crackdown against Rohingya Muslims last year, accusing the United Nations of making exaggerated claims in its report on the issue.

  • 90 killed in crossfire or custody in 2017: Report

    A total of 90 people are killed in crossfire or law enforcement agencies' custody across the country in the last six months, says a report of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).

  • Torture poisons societies from within

    “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” These were the words of Mahatma Gandhi who was jailed 13 times for his non-violent and peaceful resistance against British colonial rule in India. Torture was also a common practice at the Robben Island prison camp where the former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. One would assume that this shameful practice would belong to the past.

  • Human rights and detention of the mentally ill

    The International Bill of Human Rights together with the CRPD provides a comprehensive charter, among other things, to be adopted by a ratifying state for a modern and non-discriminatory mental health system.

  • Bangladeshi workers win European court case against Greece

    A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages.

  • AL, BNP to discuss Bangladesh situation at UK House of Lords

    Two high-profile delegations from the ruling Awami League and BNP are to attend a seminar organised by UK House of Lords over Bangladesh’s prevailing political and human rights situation on July 19.

  • UN human rights chief deeply concerned at growing military role in Thai govt

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expresses growing concern about the military’s deepening role in Thailand’s civilian administration, as well as tight curbs on dissent, as the Kingdom prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.

  • John Kerry

    Bangladesh failed at times to control security forces: US

    The United States has said the government of Bangladesh took 'limited measures' to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces. The US, in its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, claimed authorities failed at times to maintain effective control over security forces.

  • US to honour Sara Hossain, 13 others tomorrow

    The United States is going to honour 14 women across the world, including barrister Sara Hossain, for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • Mahfuz Anam

    Star editor gets bail in Khagrachhari

    The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam secures bail in a Tk 10 crore defamation case in Khagrachhari.

  • 24 killed in attacks on minorities in 2015: report

    At least 262 incidents of repression on minorities take place across the country last year affecting 1,562 families, according to a report of Bangladesh Hindu- Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad.

  • Failing to fulfill commitments

    What is missing from NHRC's actions is that it has not done systematic monitoring of the health services prevailing in the country, and has not taken any strategic action to improve them.

  • 30 Bangladeshi victims go to European court

    Some 30 aggrieved Bangladeshis, who were shot and injured on a strawberry farm in Greece in 2013, filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights in Brussels last week over Greece's alleged violation of human rights.

  • The case for freedom of expression

    The recent gruesome killings and attack of young bloggers, and the murder of a publisher by unknown assailants last year...

  • HR groups call on US to grant asylum to Bangladesh bloggers

    A coalition of human rights groups calls on the USA to grant temporary visas to secular writers from Bangladesh after a series of bloody attacks by Islamist militants.

  • A life of dignity for all

    This day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The date is a reminder of the common standard for a dignified life for all peoples in all nations.

  • Where are we?

    We have noticed with concern that the state and its institutions are getting increasingly intolerant. The state is resorting to repression in the name of ensuring sovereignty and security.

  • Advocating right to internet access

    In the spirit of World Human Rights Day 2015, to make people aware of fundamental freedom and rights, and to provide them a platform to come...

  • Limitation of UN mechanisms

    Since Its establishment in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has been playing the role of a pioneer in institutionalising human rights...

  • Stretching the boundaries of HR

    It is common knowledge that authoritarian regimes (both unelected regimes and elected regimes subsequently turning into tyrannies)...

  • 4 Syrian soldiers die in ‘US coalition air strike’

    An air strike believed to have been carried out by the US-led coalition killed four Syrian military personnel in Deir al Zor province, which is mostly held by Islamic State, a monitoring group says, in what would be the first time coalition warplanes had hit Syrian government forces.

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