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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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The creation of a new government in Somalia in March 2017 provides an important opportunity to address with international support many of the country’s pressing human rights problems. Successive Somali governments and international supporters have…
Prisoners at Mogadishu Central Prison watch as a guard walks pass their cell in December 2013. Most of the military court’s hearings in Mogadishu take place inside the prison, which limits access to hearings for relatives and independent monitors.
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Statement delivered under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the UPR on Somalia, yet regrets that most recommendations accepted during the country’s last review remain unimplemented. Somalia’s UPR took place against the backdrop of ongoing abuses…
Somali photojournalist runs for cover while reporting on fighting between the Somali government and African Union forces against the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, April 2012.
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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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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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 (All updates are in bold) I. Summary and Background Malta places virtually all migrants who arrive by boat without permission, or “irregularly,” in detention, regardless of the fact that many are fleeing violence or persecution. Though under…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10

The human rights situation in Somalia, particularly in the south-central part of the country, remains dire. The Islamist armed group al-Shabaab continues to commit serious abuses including targeted killings, executions and punishments amounting to torture…
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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…