A State of Emergency is inherently undemocratic and curtails fundamental rights and freedoms without which civilized society cannot operate. Odhikar monitors different aspects of human rights situation of Bangladesh relying on internationally recognised universal human rights instruments and campaigns for rule of law, democracy and justice. Odhikar believes that the State of Emergency must be lifted in its entirety. Odhikar reports on 22 months of State of Emergency in Bangladesh.
This report covers the following topics:
- Human rights are indivisible: Emergency must go
- Parliamentary election only option to democracy
- Party manifestos must uphold human rights
- The Right to information Ordinance
- Extrajudicial killings, custodial deaths are a national shame; they can no longer be tolerated
- Labour rights
The report closes with 5 recommendations to the government of Bangladesh.
State of Emergency Report 22 months-2008 (full text in English, PDF)