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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 […]

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: War Crimes Trials Planned; ICC Ratified

(Mar. 29, 2010) In February 2010, the Government of Bangladesh announced that trials would be held for those accused of war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Prosecutors and investigators were to be appointed in March, with the goal of having fair, open procedures. The cases will be tried under Bangladesh's International Crimes (Tribunals) […]

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 […]

Bangladesh; India: Three Treaties to be Ratified

(Jan. 26, 2010) The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified in January 2010. According to news reports, several Indian nationals have been arrested and detained in […]

Bangladesh: Supreme Court Rejects Appeals of Assassins’ Death Sentences

(Dec. 14, 2009) On November 19, 2009, the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the High Court against persons accused in the 1975 assassination of the father of the Bangladesh nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Supreme Court affirmed the High Court's sentence of capital punishment against all the accused individuals. (SC Dismisses Petitions, Killers […]

Bangladesh: Appeals of Convictions for Assassination of the Founding Father Resume

(Nov. 17, 2009) An appellate division bench of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh is currently hearing appeals from the death sentences of persons convicted for involvement in the assassination of the founding father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, along with most of his family members, on August 15, 1975. A case […]