• 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.
  • Survivors and relatives of garment workers, who are still missing after the Rana Plaza building collapse, take part in a protest in front of the site in Savar on November 24, 2013.
    The Bangladeshi government should stop garment factory owners from intimidating and threatening workers for organizing trade unions, and prosecute those responsible for attacks on labor leaders, Human Rights Watch said today. Foreign buyers, including major US and European retailers, should ensure that their Bangladeshi suppliers respect labor rights.

Reports

Bangladesh

  • Feb 6, 2014
    The Bangladeshi government should stop garment factory owners from intimidating and threatening workers for organizing trade unions, and prosecute those responsible for attacks on labor leaders, Human Rights Watch said today. Foreign buyers, including major US and European retailers, should ensure that their Bangladeshi suppliers respect labor rights.
  • Jan 27, 2014
    The Bangladeshi government should authorize an independent investigation into a recent spate of alleged extrajudicial killings by security forces.
  • Jan 24, 2014
    Sheikh Hasina Wajed has taken over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a second term after an extraordinary election that was boycotted by the primary Opposition.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Bangladesh tumbled backward on human rights in 2013 as the government engaged in a harsh crackdown on members of civil society, the media, and political opposition.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Cambodian authorities responded to peaceful protests against fundamentally flawed elections with excessive force and bans on demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Jan 17, 2014
    Pro-government and opposition political leaders publicly distance themselves from the violence – but have done little to restrain their supporters. Contrary to their claims, the violence has everything to do with the party leaders.
  • Jan 15, 2014
    Bangladeshi authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against two senior members of the leading human rights organization Odhikar, and end the surveillance and harassment of its workers both in Dhaka and around the country.
  • Jan 8, 2014
    Bangladesh authorities should immediately end arbitrary arrests of opposition party members and others.
  • Jan 3, 2014
    The Bangladesh government should end its crackdown on the political opposition leaders and activists, and create conditions for free and fair elections.
  • Dec 23, 2013
    The Bangladeshi authorities should urgently set up an effective mechanism to protect witnesses in cases before the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).