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50 persons killed due to politically motivated violence in the last 10 days

50 persons were reportedly killed from October 27 to November 05, 2006 due to the violence that erupted at the eve of and immediately after the power handover from the BNP-led 4-party-alliance Government to the Caretaker Government. One of the main reasons for the violence was the demand for the resignation of the Chief Election […]

November 6, 2006 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

166 killed by different law enforcement agencies and 160 political killings in the last 6 months

Odhikar Bi-Annual Press Release From January 1 to June 30 2006, 166 people have been killed by the law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Of them, 84 people were killed by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), 80 by the police, 1 by forest guards and the other 1 by the Detective Branch (DB) police. It […]

June 30, 2006 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

Intercepting/recording inter-personal communications : infringing on democratic liberties of the citizens

Article by Nurul Kabir, Acting Editor of New Age, Dhaka, who comments upon the Bangladesh Telecommunication (amendment) Act, 2006. The author concludes: “Under such undemocratic legal and political an environment the country’s media discharges its democratic responsibility, as much as possible, to keep the people informed. Now that a legal tool is there for the government […]

April 1, 2006 | Read full story | Comments are closed

The human rights scenario of Bangladesh of 2005 : 62 killed in bomb attacks and political killing 310 and 396 die in hands of law enforcement agencies

Incidents of bomb attacks by the religious militants were the much-talked issues of year 2005. Serious bomb attacks in 63 districts of the country on August 17, killing of two judges, and death of policemen and lawyers in bomb attacks on courts in Gazipur and Chittagong were also the major incidents. Sixty-two people were killed […]

February 15, 2006 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Bangladesh Telecommunication Ordinance 2005 : national security or infringement on civil rights?

Article by Arafat Amin, Researcher, Odhikar. Tapping a telephone does not only infringe the privacy of the person who owns the telephone, the interception subject – it also affects anyone who calls or is called by that person. If communications relating to medical, religious, journalistic or legally privileged material are likely to be involved, the […]

January 1, 2006 | Read full story | Comments are closed

International Criminal Court : shield for victims and witnesses

In the struggle towards International Justice, participation of the victims in the criminal proceedings is a very innovative approach and it breaks the age-old tradition of judicial process. It makes justice more accessible and at the same time victims have a control over the whole process and, undoubtedly, participation of the victims strengthens the cases. ICC […]

June 25, 2005 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }