• Bangladesh’s overall human rights situation worsened in 2012, as the government narrowed political and civil society space, shielded abusive security forces from accountability, and ignored calls to reform laws and procedures in flawed war crimes and mutiny trials. The security forces disguised extrajudicial killings as “crossfire” killings. Opposition members and political activists “disappeared.” Flawed trials against those accused of war crimes in the 1971 war for independence continued. When Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh from persecution in Burma, the government pushed back boatloads of refugees, insisting that it had no obligation to provide them sanctuary.
  • Violence linked to the Jan 2014 was the most severe in Bangladesh history. The opposition eventually boycotted the polls.
    The Bangladesh government failed to prosecute security forces for serious abuses including killings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests, Human Rights Watch said in its 2015 World Report, released today.



  • May 18, 2015
    Representatives of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission came to New York this month to shed light on the dire situation in the border region between India and Burma. Describing the ongoing crisis to the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, they expressed one clear and simple ask: to finally implement the terms of a peace accord established almost two decades ago between the government and local armed groups.
  • May 17, 2015
  • May 15, 2015
    On the Andaman Sea, west of the Siam peninsula in Asia, a tragic scandal is unfolding. Thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers who had recently fled Burma or Bangladesh on boats—mostly small open fishing boats and larger trawlers—and a smaller number of Bangladeshis, have been trying to reach Malaysia, where many Rohingya have previously sought refuge.
  • May 12, 2015
    The killing of secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Sylhet district on May 12, 2015, is part of an alarming trend of violent intolerance toward freedom of religion and speech in Bangladesh.
  • May 1, 2015
    The discovery of more than 30 bodies in a human trafficking camp should prompt Thai authorities to authorize an independent, United Nations-assisted investigation, commit to publish its findings, and bring those responsible to justice, including any government officials involved.
  • Apr 22, 2015
    Roksana and Beauty lingered outside that fateful morning two years ago – neither wanted to go inside to start turning out jeans and shirts in the factories housed in Rana Plaza the day after they had been evacuated because of cracks in the building. But their line managers pushed and cajoled until both women went to their stations at two of the five ready-made garment businesses inside.
  • Apr 22, 2015
    Garment workers in Bangladesh face poor working conditions and anti-union tactics by employers including assaults on union organizers.
  • Apr 21, 2015
  • Apr 6, 2015
    The Bangladesh Supreme Court’s rejection on April 6, 2015, of the death penalty review petition for Muhammed Kamaruzzaman permits his imminent execution despite a seriously flawed trial.
  • Mar 27, 2015
    German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products.