17 months of emergency in Bangladesh : let the law take normal and transparent judicial course

Odhikar monitors the status of human rights situations according to the rights available in the existing Constitution of Bangladesh as well as in various international instruments. For the last 17 months, since the State of Emergency was imposed on January 11, 2007, Odhikar paid special attention to ‘Emergency’, an extraordinary measure in itself that poses a major challenge to human rights. Odhikar believes emergency powers of the state are inherently contradictory to human rights and as such, focuses on monitoring the applications and impacts of ‘Emergency’ from a human rights perspective.

This report covers:

  • Fast track judicial processes for political objectives and discriminatory outcomes
  • Blanket arrests: new tools for political repression
  • Freedom of expression and press
  • Anti‐Terrorism Ordinance
  • Denial of justice
  • Workers rights
  • Evictions of slums
  • Extrajudicial killings

The report closes with statistics and 8 recommendations to the government of Bangladesh.

State of Emergency Report 17 months-2008 (full text in English, PDF)


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