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Pakistan: Prison Rule Requires Condemned to Be Able to Stand on the Scaffold

(Oct. 9, 2015) The Magistrate in Faisalabad, Pakistan, stopped the execution of Abdul Basit over uncertainty on how to hang a person who is incapable of standing up, as required by the Pakistan Prisons Rules of 1978. (Jon Boone, Paraplegic Death Row Prisoner Gets Last-Minute Stay of Execution in Pakistan, GUARDIAN (Sept. 22, 2015).) Abdul […]

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal: Motor Vehicles Agreement

(Sept. 21, 2015) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) signed a Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic on June 15, 2015 in Thimpu, Bhutan.  Aside from facilitating the cross-border movement of passengers and goods, the agreement is expected to “promote safe, economical [,] efficient and environmentally sound road […]

Bangladesh: Four Bloggers Killed Since February

(Aug. 27, 2015) In less than eight months, four bloggers who were considered to be non-religious in their writings have been killed in Bangladesh. They are Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Niloy Chatterjee. In 2013 another blogger, Rajib Haider, was stabbed to death. (Jason Burke & Saad Hammadi, Bangladesh Blogger Killed […]

Bangladesh; India: Decades-Long Border Dispute Resolved Through Implementation of Land Swap Agreement

(Aug. 11, 2015) Bangladesh and India have resolved a decades-old border issue through a land swap agreement that started with a physical exchange of enclaves on July 31, 2015, to continue in phases between that date and June 30, 2016. (Bangladesh, India in Historic Land Swap After Nearly 4 Decades, HINDUSTAN TIMES, (July 31, 2015); […]

Bangladesh: Supreme Court Rules Mandatory Death Sentences Unconstitutional

(May 20, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court declared sections 6(2), 6(3), and 6(4) of the Women and Children Repression (Special Provisions) Act, 1995 and section 34(2) of the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act, 2000 unconstitutional “because they prescribe a mandatory death penalty for the […]

Bangladesh: Murder of Avijit Roy, American-Bangladeshi Blogger

(Mar. 20, 2015) Bangladeshi-American secular blogger Avijit Roy was killed by a number of assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 27, 2015, after he had attended a book fair with his wife, who was attacked in the same incident. (Ray Sanchez, Prominent Bangladeshi-American Blogger Avijit Roy Killed, CNN (Feb. 27, 2015).) A United States citizen […]

Bangladesh: First Execution of War Criminal Convicted by International Crimes Tribunal

(Jan. 9, 2014) Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of atrocities in Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was executed in Bangladesh on December 12, 2013. The 65-year-old was the first person convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to be executed. (Mahfuz Sadique, Bangladesh Islamist Abdul Kader Mullah Hanged forWar Crimes, BBC NEWS […]

India; United States: Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York. Khobragade is accused of “making false statements and visa […]