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Bangladesh: High Court Bans Tainted Brands of Milk Powder

(Nov. 19, 2008) The Bangladesh High Court has ordered the government to stop the sale of eight brands of imported milk powder after tests showed them to be tainted with the chemical melamine. Tests were carried out on several brands of imported milk powder, and the results revealed the presence of toxic melamine in eight […]

Bangladesh: Code of Conduct for Parliamentary Elections

(Oct. 10, 2008) December 18, 2008, has been declared the date for parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. However, under the new Code of Conduct for Parliamentary Elections of 2008, the political parties will not be able to campaign before November 27. The Code allows election campaigning only during the three weeks prior to the polling date.Under […]

Bangladesh: Right to Information Ordinance Approved

(Oct. 10, 2008) On September 20, 2008, the Council of Advisors to the current government of Bangladesh approved the Right to Information Ordinance 2008, to require government agencies and other covered organizations to provide Bangladeshi citizens with access to information upon request. The proposal was put forward by the Ministry of Information to increase transparency […]

Bangladesh: Ban on Trade Union Activity Relaxed

(Sept. 10, 2008) On September 7, 2008, Bangladesh's Interim Government relaxed certain emergency rules to allow limited trade union activity. Trade union activity, along with political activities and street protests, were banned in January 2007 when a state of emergency was declared by the Interim Government following months of political violence. On September 7, the […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance Drafted to Govern Management of Confiscated Properties

(Sept. 10, 2008) The Interim Government of Bangladesh has drafted an ordinance regarding management of confiscated immovable property. The ordinance is necessary because special courts set up by the Interim Government to try corruption cases have ordered confiscation of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets of the accused individuals. The relevant government departments […]

Bangladesh: President Signs Fiscal Year 2008-09 Budget

(July 2, 2008) The National Budget of Bangladesh for fiscal year 2008-09 has been signed by the President of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Government expressed hope that the new budget will increase production and reduce inflation and the deficit. In the approved budget, the tax exemption limit for individual taxpayers has been raised, with special consideration […]

Bangladesh: Interim President May Not Promulgate Ordinances Unrelated to Election

(July 2, 2008) The Bangladesh High Court has ruled that an ordinance promulgated by the President of the Interim Government that amended the law governing marriage and divorce registration exceeded his powers under the Constitution. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Ordinance 2008, promulgated by the Interim Government in February, amended the Muslim Marriage and […]

Bangladesh: High Court Grants Citizenship to Stateless Bihari Refugees

(June 2, 2008) The people known in Bangladesh as “Biharis” are the people of Bihar who migrated to East Pakistan prior to the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Neither Pakistan nor India offered citizenship to these migrants, and as a result the Biharis have remained stateless and living in refugee camps for the […]

Bangladesh: Anti-Terrorism Ordinance Approved

(June 2, 2008) On May 18, the Council of Advisors of the present Caretaker Government approved a new law, the Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2008. The new law's definition of terrorism includes acts that pose a threat to the sovereignty, unity, integrity or security of Bangladesh or create panic among the general masses or obstructs official activities; […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance on Marriage with Foreign Nationals

(May 2, 2008) The Bangladesh Council of Advisers approved the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Amendment of 2008 on May 11, 2008. The new law amends the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Ordinance of 1976 to allow Bangladesh Foreign Service Officers to marry foreign nationals with the permission of the President of Bangladesh. […]