BANGLADESH: Dysfunctional justice system and increasing extremist violence

21-07-2016

The scale and ferocity of the pervasive violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners and members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists are a harrowing indication of the authorities’ failure in protecting these individuals. The failure continuously reinforces widespread impunity for the perpetrators. Therefore, Bangladeshi authorities should:

  • Ensure effective protection of people who are exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly, freedom of religion and engaging in peaceful activism.
  • Carry out investigations in accordance with the national procedures with respect to Article 331 of the Constitution and also international human rights standards.
  • Bring those responsible to justice while upholding rule of law.

For more information on recent developments, please contact:

Naz Tuncay

Human Rights Officer

ntuncay@remove-this.ghrd.org

Please click here to read the press release. 

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