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A Joint Statement on International Human Rights Day, 2020

(New York) – The international community should take a strong stand for the protection of human rights in Bangladesh, seven human rights groups said on International Human Rights Day. As Bangladeshis grapple with the impact of Covid-19, the ruling…
A protester demands the release of Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 5, 2020.
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Human Rights Organizations Condemn Crackdown on Free Speech Rights

(New York) – The Bangladesh authorities should end the ongoing harassment and threats against activists, human rights defenders, and their families by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, four human rights groups said today. Amnesty…
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Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

*Joint Statement by 12 human rights groups ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 2020 (Dhaka) – Bangladesh security forces and law enforcement agencies continuously commit enforced disappearances with impunity,…
Students shout slogans as they take part in a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 4, 2018.
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Human Rights Council Panel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, I wish to address the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in realizing its ideals. This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the ICC’s…
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62nd session of the Committee Against Torture

This memorandum, submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) ahead of its upcoming review of Rwanda, highlights areas of concern Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the CAT’s consideration of the compliance of the government of Rwanda…
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Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about several human rights situations that have either been inadequately addressed by this Council, or on which the Council has remained largely silent. Bangladesh has taken an ever-increasing turn to…
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Statement delivered under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Rwanda, which comes at a critical time. At the end of 2015, Rwanda revised its constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in the…
Civilians wounded during the genocide recover in a makeshift hospital in the Sainte Famille church, Kigali, Rwanda.
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Situations that require the Council's serious concern

In spite of a clear mandate to prevent human rights violations, the Human Rights Council has demonstrated a clear lack of efficiency when fundamental human rights are gradually restricted. Bangladesh has been heading down an increasingly…
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Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific   Hearing of November 20, 2013 Bangladesh in Turmoil: A Nation on the Brink?   Testimony of John Sifton Asia Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch   Thank you for inviting me to testify…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of some important recommendations in the UPR of Bangladesh, but regrets that key recommendations made by member states were not adopted. Positive developments include the government’s pledge to criminalize all acts…
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Introduction Bangladesh’s human rights situation has seen little improvement since its first UPR review in 2009. A key undertaking in the 2009 UPRwas to take a “zero tolerance” stand against abuses by security forces, and bring an end to impunity. Yet…
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  Introduction Bangladesh’s human rights situation has seen little improvement since its first UPR review in 2009. A key undertaking in the 2009 UPR was to take a “zero tolerance” stand against abuses by security forces, and bring an end to impunity.…