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Bangladesh: Forced Retirement of Two Judges Was Unconstitutional

(Oct. 20, 2009) The Prime Minister of Bangladesh ordered two district court judges into retirement on July 30, 2009. The Prime Minister's order was in retaliation for the judges' involvement in a demonstration at the Law Ministry protesting certain procedures relating to separation of the judiciary from the executive branch. The decision was made public […]

Bangladesh: Law to Protect Family Members of the Founding Father

(Aug. 19, 2009) On July 27, the Government of Bangladesh approved the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Family Members Security Act of 2009. Under this act, immediate family members of the founding father of the country will enjoy state security provided by Special Security Forces and will receive security at their residences. […]

Bangladesh: Budget Focuses on Macroeconomic Stability and Poverty Reduction

(July 14, 2009) On June 30, 2009, Bangladesh's Parliament passed a $16.5 billion budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010, despite the absence of the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP). According to the Finance Minister, the global recession has had an adverse impact on three sectors: exports, imports, and remittances. The budget focuses on creating new […]

Bangladesh: Trial of War Criminals Planned

(June 29, 2009) On January 29, 2009, Bangladesh's Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the government to try war criminals for crimes committed during the country's 1971 War of Liberation. On March 25, 2009, the government decided to try alleged war criminals under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act of 1973 (Law No. 19 of 1973, […]

Bangladesh: Ratification of Ordinances Promulgated by Caretaker Government

(Feb. 27, 2009) The new parliamentary Government of Bangladesh formed in January 2009 has created a 15-member special parliamentary committee to review all ordinances promulgated by the caretaker government. According to article 58(D) of the Bangladesh Constitution, the authority of the caretaker government is limited to routine governmental work and ensuring the holding of a […]

Bangladesh; United States: DOJ Files Forfeiture Action Against Arafat Rahman

(Jan. 27, 2009) On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as “Coco” or “Koko,” the son of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia. He is alleged to have taken bribe in connection with […]

Bangladesh: Ban on Milk Powder Withdrawn

(Jan. 26, 2009) On January 7, 2009, the High Court of Bangladesh withdrew its ban on the sale of five of the eight brands of milk powder it had previously banned, after laboratory tests found the five brands safe. In November 2008, the High Court had banned eight brands of imported milk powder after tests […]

Bangladesh: Sheik Hasina Sworn In as Prime Minister

(Jan. 23, 2009) Sheikh Hasina, President of the Bangladesh Awami League party, won the Bangladesh parliamentary election held on December 29, 2008. She was sworn in as the country's Prime Minister on January 6, 2009. This is Hasina's second term as Prime Minister since Bangladesh became an independent country. President Iajuddin Ahmed administered the oath […]

Bangladesh: Truth and Accountability Commission Declared Illegal

(Dec. 15, 2008) A Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) formed by the Interim Government of Bangladesh has been declared illegal under the Bangladesh Constitution by the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. The TAC was formed on July 30, 2008, under an ordinance promulgated on June 8 to expedite corruption cases. On August 25, […]

Bangladesh: Election Delayed, Emergency State to Be Lifted

(Dec. 15, 2008) The Interim Government of Bangladesh has announced a new date for the parliamentary election in Bangladesh, shifting it from December 18 to December 29, 2008. The Government's action was in response to the demands of political parties. One of the country's two major political parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had refused to […]