• 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.

Reports

Bangladesh

  • Feb 6, 2015
    With no end in sight to politically motivated violence and other abuses in Bangladesh, state authorities need to ensure their response respects the rights of all and avoids arbitrary use of force, arrests, and disappearances.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    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.
  • Jan 8, 2015
    The Bangladesh government should immediately end its use of excessive force, stop arbitrary arrests of members of opposition parties, and lift restrictions on the media.
  • Dec 5, 2014
    The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today.
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Global clothing brands tied to a Bangladesh factory that caught fire two years ago should immediately support full and fair compensation for workers and families of the dead.
  • Nov 9, 2014
    The death sentence against Muhammed Kamaruzzman, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, should immediately be stayed.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    The Bangladeshi government should order an independent investigation and prosecute members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) responsible for a 2011 attack on a child that caused him to lose a leg, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities finally dropped politically motivated charges against the child, Limon Hossain, but have not taken action against his attackers.
  • Oct 12, 2014
    The Bangladeshi government should set 18 as the minimum age for marriage to comply with international prohibitions against child marriage. Recent media reports indicate the prime minister’s cabinet is considering a revision to the law to make 16 the minimum age of marriage for girls. The minimum age for men would be 18.
  • Sep 3, 2014
    The Bangladeshi government should immediately revoke a new media policy that imposes draconian restrictions on media freedom, Human Rights Watch said today. Donors should make it clear to the Bangladeshi government that limits on freedom of expression that violate international law are unacceptable.
  • Jul 20, 2014
    The Bangladesh government should disband the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed.