Joint Written Statement for the 34th session of the UN HRC on Bangladesh: An Increasingly Repressive Environment for Dissenting Voices

Since the controversial Parliamentary Election in January 2014 the human rights situation in Bangladesh has significantly worsened. Allegations of violations including torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by security forces against dissenting voices, including human rights defenders and political opponents have become widespread. Perpetrators enjoy almost complete impunity despite repeated demands to bring responsible to justice. Human rights defenders face persecution and experience challenges in carrying out their work while the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are being curtailed by draconian laws. The judiciary has increasingly come under pressure from the government. Lack of transparency and accountability as well as corruption in the justice delivery mechanisms have resulted in a serious erosion of the rule of law in the country, allowing the proliferation of human rights violations and impunity.

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