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Inter-Parliamentary Union: Assembly Focuses on Parliamentarians’ Role in Fighting Terrorism

(Apr. 25, 2017) On April 1, 2017, the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) began in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The 2017 Assembly focused on parliamentarians’ role in fighting terrorism.  (IPU Assembly 2017 Begins in Dhaka, ASIAN AGE ONLINE  (Apr. 1, 2017).) The Assembly lasted for five days, ending on April 5.  According to a recent […]

Bangladesh: Controversial New Law Regulating Work and Activities of Foreign NGOs

(Nov. 25, 2016) On October 5, 2016, Bangladesh’s Parliament passed a controversial new law called the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Law 2016, which regulates the work and activities of foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).  (Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, 2016, Act. No. 43 of 2016, Bangladesh Parliament website (in Bangla).)  The new law came […]

Bangladesh: Ban on Multiple Motorcycle Riders

(June 21, 2016) A recent hike in criminal activities committed against secular and liberal activists and members of religious minorities, using motorcycles in the commission of the crimes, has drawn the attention of the Bangladesh government. On June 6, 2016, the Home Minister announced a ban on more than one person riding pillion on motorcycles. […]

Bangladesh: Execution of Two More War Crimes Convicts

(Nov. 25, 2015) On November 22, 2015, two opposition leaders in Bangladesh, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, were hanged simultaneously for war crimes after their clemency petitions were denied by the President of Bangladesh. (Bangladesh Executes Two Opposition Leaders for 1971 War Crimes, DAILY STAR (Nov. 21, 2014).) According to recent news […]

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 […]

Burma: Four “Race and Religion Protection Laws” Adopted

(Sept. 14, 2015) Four laws known collectively as the Race and Religion Protection Laws, which were submitted to the Parliament of Burma (Myanmar) in December 2014, were adopted this spring by the Parliament and recently signed by Thein Sein, Burma’s President. (Myanmar: Parliament Must Reject Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ Laws, Amnesty International website (Mar. 3, […]

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 […]