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Bangladesh: Government Ordered to Protect Women’s Right Not to Wear Veil

(Sept. 2, 2010) The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. The ruling was issued in response to a petition filed by two Supreme Court lawyers when […]

Bangladesh: Special Parliamentary Committee on Constitution Formed to Review All Past Amendments

(Aug. 13, 2010) A special committee of the Parliament of Bangladesh has been formed to examine past amendments to the Constitution of Bangladesh. The Constitution of Bangladesh has been amended 14 times since it was first adopted on November 4, 1972. Many of these amendments altered the fundamental nature of the Constitution. The Fifth Amendment, […]

Bangladesh: Religious Edicts Declared Illegal

(July 22, 2010) On July 8, 2010, the High Court of Bangladesh issued a ruling declaring all kinds of extrajudicial punishments illegal, including those imposed on the basis of religious edicts (fatwas). The ruling was in response to three writ petitions filed with the High Court by rights organizations and individual attorneys seeking directives to […]

Bangladesh: Bangladesh-Burma Maritime Dispute

(June 23, 2010) A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries originated in November 2008, when the Burmese government sold “blocks” of sea, claimed by Bangladesh for […]

Bangladesh: Access to Facebook Temporarily Blocked

(June 23, 2010) It was reported on May 20, 2010, that the Government of Bangladesh temporarily blocked access to the social media website Facebook. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said it blocked the site because of the posting of anti-religious links by Facebook users across the globe. However, the final decision to block Facebook was […]

India: Compensation System for Nuclear Accidents

(June 17, 2010) The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010, introduced in India's Parliament on May 7, 2010, aims to establish a compensation system for nuclear accidents. India is required to enact legislation on such compensation to fully implement a 2008 agreement between India and the United States on nuclear cooperation. Until India passes […]

Pakistan: Amendment to Constitution Reduces Presidential Power

(June 15, 2010) Pakistan has amended its Constitution in a manner that shifts power from the President to the Parliament. A bill enacting the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed the National Assembly on April 8, 2010, and the Senate on April 15, 2010, and became law when the President signed the bill on April […]

Bangladesh: Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court Ratified

(Apr. 16, 2010) The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not immediately ratify it. To complete the ratification process, Bangladesh is required to deposit the instrument of […]

Bangladesh: Information Technology Park to be Established

(Mar. 30, 2010) The Parliament of Bangladesh has passed a bill to establish an information technology park. Entitled the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authorities Bill 2010, the bill is part of a broader government initiative to encourage the development of the information technology industry in Bangladesh. The government said the bill will contribute to industrialization, increased […]

Bangladesh: Supreme Court Rules Constitutional Amendment Allowing Religion-Based Parties Illegal

(Mar. 9, 2010) The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has ruled that the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh, which legitimized the governments that were in power from the time of the August 15, 1975, coup through April 9, 1979, was illegal. The ruling, issued on February 2, 2010, was in response to two writ […]