The rights to freedom of speech and assembly are coming under sustained attack by Bangladesh’s increasingly authoritarian government. Bloggers and others espousing secular values have been killed or injured by extremist groups. Security forces continue enforced disappearances, killings, and arbitrary arrests with impunity. Bangladesh made some progress in ensuring better safety regulations in garment factories following the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed thousands of workers. Government agencies continue to prosecute, and in some cases execute, those convicted of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence, despite concerns that the trials do not meet international standards. Bangladesh has the highest rate of marriage in the world for girls under 15.

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End Child Marriage In New York

Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? From 2001 to 2010, nearly 4,000 teenagers under 18 married in New York. Research strongly links child marriage with dropping out of school, poverty, and mental and physical health problems. It is time something was done! This month, a new bill to crack down on child marriage was introduced in New York's state legislature. Please email key New York lawmakers to tell them to support the bill.
(This email will go to Governor Cuomo, Sen. Flanagan, Sen. Lanza, Assembly Speaker Heastie & Assembly member Weinstein)