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Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister’s Son Implicated in Corruption

(May 2, 2008) In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, for allegedly amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about his assets. The ACC has also charged […]

Bangladesh: National Women Development Policy 2008

(May 2, 2008) The National Women Development Policy 2008 (NWDP) is a statement of government policy issued by the Caretaker Government intended to create an appropriate political and socioeconomic structure to ensure the overall development of women. It provides for setting aside one-third of parliamentary seats for women and arranging direct election to the reserved […]

Bangladesh: New Ordinance to Amend the Bangladesh Labor Act of 2006

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Bangladesh interim cabinet approved the Bangladesh Labor (amendment) Ordinance 2008 on March 31. The ordinance allows only one trade union organization to conduct activities at the ports of Chittagong and Mongla. Prior law allowed more than one organization at both ports. In addition to allowing only one trade union to conduct […]

Bangladesh: National Identification Card

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved the National Identity Registration Authority Ordinance 2008. The ordinance establishes that the Home Ministry will serve as the control ministry for providing national identification cards. It also states that voter identity cards being provided by the Election […]

Bangladesh: Contempt of Court Ordinance Approved

(Mar. 2, 2008) On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the power of courts to hold persons in contempt. The new ordinance will repeal the Contempt of […]

Bangladesh: Supreme Court Stayed High Court Judgment

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court allowed the caretaker government of Bangladesh to file an appeal against the High Court's February 6, 2008 judgment on the extortion trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and stayed the High Court judgment that declared the trial illegal under the Emergency Powers Rules of […]

Bangladesh: Extortion Trial of Former Prime Minister

(Mar. 2, 2008) The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had made the complaint against Hasina's cousin, former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, for extortion of $500,000 […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance to Appoint Supreme Court Judges

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 29th 2008, the Advisory Council of the Bangladesh Government approved the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008, which specifies procedures for the appointment of judges to both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Judicial Commission is a nine-member body headed by the Chief […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance to Create an Independent Election Commission

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Advisory Council of Bangladesh Government has approved the Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance 2008. The ordinance is designed to ensure the independence of the Election Commission Secretariat from the control of the Prime Minister's Office. It provides that the Election Commission Secretariat will have its own budget and will be responsible for […]

Bangladesh: Lawyers’ Fury Scares Judges

(Jan. 2, 2008) On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ petitions challenging President Iajuddin Ahmed's assumption of the office of head of the caretaker government. The […]