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  • 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.

  • Concern for Kajol during the pandemic

    Does anyone know what had happened to Utpal Das? If you cannot remember who Utpal is, no one would blame you.

  • Domestic violence during the time of corona

    The Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to many vulnerabilities. With home quarantine proving to be a successful strategy, we are finally catching up and practicing it. Bangladeshi narratives about home quarantine now discuss how home is the safest place to ensure sanitisation, hygiene and disinfection.

  • Covid-19 and the Rohingya refugee crisis

    All around the world, the numbers are climbing. Each day registers thousands of new cases and lives lost. In Europe, now the epicenter of the pandemic, governments know that the worst is yet to come and are implementing increasingly restrictive measures to enforce social distancing and isolation.

  • Coronavirus threat: Tea workers’ say no to work

    The tea workers of Shamshernagar Tea Garden in Kamalganj upazila, Moulvibazar, took matters into their own hands in defiance of the garden management and stopped work from March 27.

  • Free flow of information in the time of COVID-19

    Today the whole world is struggling to manage the global crisis of COVID-19 and Bangladesh has been listed as one of the 25 high risk countries.

  • 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”.

  • Four (custodial) deaths and an alibi

    Failing to nab her husband, Yasmin Begum, a mother of two, was picked up by the Detective Branch of police in Gazipur in the evening of February 18.

  • What really happened in Bhashantek?

    Between 1998 and 2010, the government of Bangladesh facilitated the construction of an affordable housing complex budgeted at Tk 341.65 crores for urban slum dwellers. However, today slum dwellers occupy only a minute fraction of the apartments allocated for them.

  • Jihadists of Bangladeshi descent

    The verdict rejecting the appeal of the so-called ISIS bride, Shamima Begum, has stoked an important debate in the United Kingdom, raising serious concerns and anxiety among migrant families and rights activists.

  • Protecting the rights of a child offender

    Bangladesh has a population of more than 160 million and almost half the population are children. Due to their young age, children who come in conflict with the law may not possess the maturity to realise the gamut of their acts, and they should not be exposed to the company of adult offenders since that is likely to have a negative impact on them.

  • What comes after the ICJ ruling?

    All eyes were turned to The Hague on Thursday when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) came back with its momentous decision on emergency provisional measures for the protection of the persecuted Rohingya population of Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.

  • 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.