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Jamaat’s hartal underway amid stray incidents

The daylong nationwide hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the ICT-2 verdict against its assistant secretary general M Kamaruzzaman is progressing amid stray incidents of violence across the country today (Sunday). Two crude bombs were exploded by hartal supporters in Bijoy Sarani area of the city around 6.00am. Hartal activists burnt a tyre and brought out […]

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory following a historic election marred by violence Saturday, a remarkable comeback for a leader once toppled in a military coup and sent into exile. The 63-year-old Sharif, who has twice served as premier, touted his success after unofficial, partial vote counts showed his Pakistan Muslim League-N party […]

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April 1-30, 2013 Political violence continues Meetings and assemblies barred Imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Allegations of enforced disappearance after making arrests by law enforcement agencies Many workers and others die due to building collapse in Savar Extrajudicial killings continue Torture in custody Arrest and torture of the Acting Editor […]

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May 7, 2013 Press statement Odhikar condemns the indiscriminate killing of hundreds of unarmed Hefazate Islam activists and curtailing media freedom On May 6, 2013 at around 2:30 am, a reported 10 thousand members of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), along with the armed cadres of the ruling party, attacked […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-STM-002-2013 April 29, 2013 A Joint Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Odhikar on Universal Periodic Review on Bangladesh BANGLADESH: Government suppressed truth to the UPR Session Bangladesh participated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process at the UN Human Rights Council on 29 April 2013 in the 16th Session […]

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April 27, 2013 Odhikar expresses its outrage at the deaths of hundreds of factory workers, including garments workers, of whom about half were women; due to the collapse of a multi-storied building that had extensive, known structural damage, on 24 April 2013. A 36 hours general strike called by the BNP-led Opposition was withdrawn to […]

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Opposition BNP on Saturday turned down the government press note on May 5 crackdown on Hefajat-e-Islam activists at Shapla Chattar, terming it ‘the version of the ruling party, not of the government’, reports UNB. “The press note reflected what the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the ruling party leaders have been saying since the […]

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Imran Khan’s party concedes defeat, to ‘form govt in northwest’; voters defy violence as 29 killed Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif, seeking to become prime minister for a third time, appeared way ahead of his rivals in yesterday’s general election, according to a partial count of votes cast. The election, in which 86 million people were eligible […]

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The upcoming fiscal year’s budget is likely to be 13-14 percent higher than the current fiscal year’s, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday. He, however, declined to disclose the exact size of the budget for fiscal 2013-14. For fiscal 2012-13, the government rolled out a Tk 191,738 crore budget. Although, historically, the growth rate has […]

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Demand women’s organisations, raise voice against Hefajat demands Women of all strata at a protest rally yesterday vowed to resist every ill-attempt of fundamentalists and communal forces to impede women empowerment and contain their progress and rights. The rally was jointly organised by different social, cultural and non-government organisations in front of the national press […]

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Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe by six runs in the first of the two-match Twenty20 series at the Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo on Saturday. Winning the toss, Zimbabwe decided to bat first and lost only five wickets to post 168 in their 20 stipulated overs on the back of Hamilton Masakadza’s 59 from 48 […]

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Opposition BNP lawmakers have no option but to attend the next parliament session — unless, of course, they are prepared to lose their seats. A MP will lose his seat if he or she remains absent from the parliament sessions for 90 consecutive working days. The Parliament Secretariat says BNP lawmakers have already been absent […]

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