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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister Evicted from Residence

(Jan. 5, 2011) Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. In 1981, President Ziaur Rahman, Zia's husband, was killed in a military-led coup. After the assassination, the government […]

Bangladesh; Pakistan: Bilateral Consultations Conducted

(Dec. 3, 2010) On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's demands for: an apology from Pakistan for the killing of Bangladeshis by Pakistani forces in 1971; […]

Bangladesh: Court Orders Review of Policy on Child Detention

(Nov. 4, 2010) The High Court of Bangladesh has directed lower court judges to determine whether children detained in jails rather than in juvenile detention facilities should be released immediately on bail. The order requires the government to explain why the children detained in jails should not be transferred to safe homes, and states that […]

Bangladesh: Parliament Strengthens Environmental Protection Legislation

(Oct. 8, 2010) On September 27, 2010, the Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Environment Protection Bill 2010, to amend the Bangladesh Environment Protection Act 1995. The amended law “empowers the government to control the production, processing, stockpiling, supplying, transporting, importing, exporting, dumping and disposal” of hazardous waste. (Ship-Breakers to Face 10 Years Jail for Pollution, THE […]