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    England and Wales: Court of Appeal Finds It Reasonable for UK-Born 11-Year Old to Be Removed to Bangladesh On June 24, 2021, the England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled in NA (Bangladesh) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Decision) that it was reasonable for a U.K.-born and raised child to be removed to Bangladesh, the home nation of the child’s parents, despite his never having left the U.K.In this case, … Continue reading “England and Wales: Court of Appeal...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-05
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2016-11-25
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    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. […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2016-06-21
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-11-25
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-09-21
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-08-27
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    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); […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-08-11
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-05-20
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2015-03-20
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    Bangladesh: Sixteenth Amendment to Constitution Empowers Parliament to Impeach Justices (Nov 10, 2014) Bangladesh Act No XIII of 2014 amended the Constitution of Bangladesh, empowering Parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges. (Sadiat Mannan, Parliament and Judiciary: Striking a Balance, DAILY STAR, (Oct. 20, 2014).) Part VI, chapter one, article 96, of the Bangladesh Constitution, which includes provisions on the tenure of office of the Supreme […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2014-11-10
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    Bangladesh; India: Court Awards Control of Maritime Region (July 15, 2014) On July 7, 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which is located in The Hague, issued its decision on the maritime dispute between Bangladesh and India. (Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration Between Bangladesh and India (Bangladesh v. India), Permanent Court of Arbitration website (last visited July 11, 2014).) The Court considered […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-07-15
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2014-01-09
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    Bangladesh: Tribunal Issues Death Sentences for War Crimes (Nov. 12, 2013) On November 3, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal for Bangladesh handed down death sentences to two men for crimes they committed in 1971, during the country’s war with Pakistan. Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan were found guilty of abducting and killing 18 people in December 1971, at a time in which […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-11-12
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    Bangladesh: High Court Orders Property of Collapsed Building Owner Confiscated (May 14, 2013) On April 24, 2013, a multi-story building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing over 1,000 people. Five garment factories were operating inside the building, and more than 3,000 people were believed to be working in it when it collapsed. (Julfikar Ali Manik & Jim Yardley, 17 Days in Darkness, a Cry of ‘Save Me,’ […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2013-05-14
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    Bangladesh: Former Member of Parliament Receives Death Sentence (Mar. 12, 2013) On February 28, 2013, the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), in its third decision to date, found a former Member of Parliament guilty of genocide, rape, and religious persecution. (Chief Prosecutor v. Sayeedi, ICT-BD Case No. 01 of 2011 (Feb. 28, 2013), available at THE DAILY STAR.) The decision concerned Delowar Hossain […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2013-03-12
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    Bangladesh: Convicted War Criminal Sentenced to Death (Jan. 25, 2013) A court in Bangladesh known as the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has sentenced a former leader of the country’s largest Islamic party to death. Abul Kalam Azad, an ex-member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of rape and murder. The verdict was handed down in absentia; the accused is believed to […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2013-01-25
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    Bangladesh; United Nations: Bangladesh Urged to Accept Refugees from Burma (June 15, 2012) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Bangladeshi government to accept Burmese refugees fleeing sectarian conflict in the Burmese state of Rakhine. (Dhaka Won't Accept Myanmar Refugees, THE DAILY STAR (June 12, 2012); for background information, see 2012 UNHCR Country Operations Profile – Bangladesh, UNHCR website (last visited […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2012-06-15
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    Bangladesh; Burma: Maritime Dispute Adjudicated (Apr. 12, 2012) On March 14, 2012, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued a ruling in a dispute between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) concerning the two countries' maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. (Case No. 16: Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary Between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2012-04-12
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    Bangladesh: Islamist Opposition Leader Arrested (Jan. 17, 2012) The former head of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh, Ghulam Azam, was arrested on January 11, 2012, after the International Criminal Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICT) refused to grant his request for anticipatory bail. Defense counsel had submitted a petition arguing that the accused should be granted the request due to his […]
    • Contributor: Ahmad, Tariq
    • Date: 2012-01-17
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    Bangladesh: Homeless Persons' Treatment Under 2011 Law (Nov. 7, 2011) The Vagrants and Shelterless Persons Act 2011 was passed by the Parliament of Bangladesh on August 25, 2011. The law empowers the police and judicial officers to capture suspected “vagrants” and detain them for up to two years in rehabilitation centers. The law prescribes a punishment of up to three months of […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-11-07
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    Bangladesh: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Muhammad Yunus over Removal from Bank (May 12, 2011) The Bangladesh Supreme Court has rejected the efforts of Muhammad Yunus to appeal an order of the Central Bank of Bangladesh that Yunus must leave his post as Managing Director of Grameen Bank. Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his development of the concepts of microcredit and microfinance as […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-05-12
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    Bangladesh: New Plant Quarantine Law Enacted (May 11, 2011) The Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Plant Quarantine Act 2011 on March 20, 2011. This Law provides for the controlled export and import of plants, microbes, and soil. It strengthens the authority of the government to take steps to prevent the introduction of alien insects and diseases into the country. The new Law […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-05-11
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    Bangladesh; Russian Federation: Agreement to Build Nuclear Power Plant (Mar. 15, 2011) On February 24, 2011, the Government of Bangladesh entered into a preliminary agreement with Russia in which Russia will build Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant. The planned plant would generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity per day. The preliminary agreement provides that the countries will cooperate on the design, construction, and operation of […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-03-15
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    Bangladesh: Fatwa Killing Sparks High Court Inquiry, Directives (Feb. 17, 2011) A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the government to take action. Last year, the High Court issued a ruling declaring all forms of extrajudicial punishments illegal. (See Shameema Rahman, Bangladesh: Religious Edicts Declared […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-02-17
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    Australia; Bangladesh: Reciprocal "Work and Holiday Visa" Agreement (Jan. 31, 2011) Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal “work and holiday” visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under this agreement, which took effect on December 31, 2010, citizens of Bangladesh or of Australia between the […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2011-01-31