Odhikar monitors status of human rights situations according to the standard set by Constitution of Bangladesh as well as in various international instruments. For the last 16 months, since the State of Emergency proclaimed on January 11, 2007, Odhikar paid special attention to Emergency as such an extraordinary measure in itself constitute major challenge to human rights. Odhikar believes, emergency powers of the state are contradictory to human rights and focuses on monitoring application and impact of this transitional state.
This report covers the following issues:
- Development partners should act true to democratic principles
- Supremacy of the Constitution
- Nagging doubts about the General Election
- Obstructing justice and due process
- Anti‐Terrorism Ordinance
- Scarcity of food
- Controlling media
- Extrajudicial killings
- Workers rights
The report closes with statistics and 8 recommendations to the government of Bangladesh.
State of Emergency Report 16 months-2008 (full text in English, PDF)