Sixteenth Amendment to Constitution Empowers Parliament to Impeach Justices (Nov. 10, 2014) by Shameema Rahman

Bangladesh Act No XIII of 2014 amended the Constitution of Bangladesh, empowering Parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges. (Sadiat Mannan, Parliament and ...

Topic: Constitution; Judiciary; Legislative powers
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

First Execution of War Criminal Convicted by International Crimes Tribunal (Jan. 09, 2014) by Shameema Rahman

Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of atrocities in Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was executed in Bangladesh on December 12, 2013. The 65-year-old ...

Topic: Capital punishment; War crimes
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties (Dec. 19, 2013) by Shameema Rahman

On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the ...

Topic: International affairs; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: India; United States

High Court Orders Property of Collapsed Building Owner Confiscated (May. 14, 2013) by Shameema Rahman

On April 24, 2013, a multi-story building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing over 1,000 people. Five garment factories were operating inside the building, and more than 3,000 ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Former Member of Parliament Receives Death Sentence (Mar. 12, 2013) by Shameema Rahman

On February 28, 2013, the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), in its third decision to date, found a former Member of Parliament guilty of genocide, rape, ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Convicted War Criminal Sentenced to Death (Jan. 25, 2013) by Shameema Rahman

A court in Bangladesh known as the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has sentenced a former leader of the country's largest Islamic party to death. Abul Kalam ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Bangladesh Urged to Accept Refugees from Burma (Jun. 15, 2012) by Shameema Rahman

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Bangladeshi government to accept Burmese refugees fleeing sectarian conflict in the Burmese state of Rakhine. ...

Topic: Asylum
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; United Nations

Judicial Inquiry into Prison Attack (Apr. 30, 2012) by Shameema Rahman

The Peshawar High Court of Pakistan has ordered a judicial inquiry into a prison attack by armed militants that resulted in the release of 384 inmates, ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Maritime Dispute Adjudicated (Apr. 12, 2012) by Shameema Rahman

On March 14, 2012, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued a ruling in a dispute between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) concerning ...

Topic: Boundaries
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; Burma

Homeless Persons' Treatment Under 2011 Law (Nov. 07, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

The Vagrants and Shelterless Persons Act 2011 was passed by the Parliament of Bangladesh on August 25, 2011. The law empowers the police and judicial officers ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Muhammad Yunus over Removal from Bank (May. 12, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

The Bangladesh Supreme Court has rejected the efforts of Muhammad Yunus to appeal an order of the Central Bank of Bangladesh that Yunus must leave his ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

New Plant Quarantine Law Enacted (May. 11, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

The Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Plant Quarantine Act 2011 on March 20, 2011. This Law provides for the controlled export and import of plants, microbes, and ...

Topic: Agriculture and food
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Agreement to Build Nuclear Power Plant (Mar. 15, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

On February 24, 2011, the Government of Bangladesh entered into a preliminary agreement with Russia in which Russia will build Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant. The ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; Russian Federation

Fatwa Killing Sparks High Court Inquiry, Directives (Feb. 17, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

A recent rape and subsequent fatwa killing in Bangladesh have prompted the country's High Court to investigate the incident and to issue several directives requiring the ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Reciprocal "Work and Holiday Visa" Agreement (Jan. 31, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Australia; Bangladesh

Former Prime Minister Evicted from Residence (Jan. 05, 2011) by Shameema Rahman

Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Bilateral Consultations Conducted (Dec. 03, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; Pakistan

Court Orders Review of Policy on Child Detention (Nov. 04, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

The High Court of Bangladesh has directed lower court judges to determine whether children detained in jails rather than in juvenile detention facilities should be released ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Parliament Strengthens Environmental Protection Legislation (Oct. 08, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

On September 27, 2010, the Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Environment Protection Bill 2010, to amend the Bangladesh Environment Protection Act 1995. The amended law "empowers the ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Government Ordered to Protect Women's Right Not to Wear Veil (Sep. 02, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Special Parliamentary Committee on Constitution Formed to Review All Past Amendments (Aug. 13, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Religious Edicts Declared Illegal (Jul. 22, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Bangladesh-Burma Maritime Dispute (Jun. 23, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Access to Facebook Temporarily Blocked (Jun. 23, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Compensation System for Nuclear Accidents (Jun. 17, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: India

Amendment to Constitution Reduces Presidential Power (Jun. 15, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court Ratified (Apr. 16, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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. ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Information Technology Park to be Established (Mar. 30, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Science and technology
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Supreme Court Rules Constitutional Amendment Allowing Religion-Based Parties Illegal (Mar. 09, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Government Seeks to Implement Right to Education by Mid-2010 (Mar. 09, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

The Government of India recently announced that it will issue rules to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009, by mid-2010.

...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: India

Three Treaties to be Ratified (Jan. 26, 2010) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; India

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals of Assassins' Death Sentences (Dec. 14, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Appeals of Convictions for Assassination of the Founding Father Resume (Nov. 17, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Forced Retirement of Two Judges Was Unconstitutional (Oct. 20, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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' ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Law to Protect Family Members of the Founding Father (Aug. 19, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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, ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Budget Focuses on Macroeconomic Stability and Poverty Reduction (Jul. 14, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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). ...

Topic: Budget
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Trial of War Criminals Planned (Jun. 29, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ratification of Ordinances Promulgated by Caretaker Government (Feb. 27, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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. ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

DOJ Files Forfeiture Action Against Arafat Rahman (Jan. 27, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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, ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh; United States

Ban on Milk Powder Withdrawn (Jan. 26, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Sheik Hasina Sworn In as Prime Minister (Jan. 23, 2009) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Truth and Accountability Commission Declared Illegal (Dec. 15, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Election Delayed, Emergency State to Be Lifted (Dec. 15, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

High Court Bans Tainted Brands of Milk Powder (Nov. 19, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Code of Conduct for Parliamentary Elections (Oct. 10, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Right to Information Ordinance Approved (Oct. 10, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ban on Trade Union Activity Relaxed (Sep. 10, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ordinance Drafted to Govern Management of Confiscated Properties (Sep. 10, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

President Signs Fiscal Year 2008-09 Budget (Jul. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Budget
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Interim President May Not Promulgate Ordinances Unrelated to Election (Jul. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

High Court Grants Citizenship to Stateless Bihari Refugees (Jun. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Anti-Terrorism Ordinance Approved (Jun. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ordinance on Marriage with Foreign Nationals (May. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

National Women Development Policy 2008 (May. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

New Ordinance to Amend the Bangladesh Labor Act of 2006 (Apr. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

National Identification Card (Apr. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Contempt of Court Ordinance Approved (Mar. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Supreme Court Stayed High Court Judgment (Mar. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ordinance to Appoint Supreme Court Judges (Feb. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Ordinance to Create an Independent Election Commission (Feb. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Four Cabinet Members Resign (Jan. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

The caretaker government of Bangladesh dropped four advisors from the Cabinet on January 8 following their submission of resignations. The four advisors are the Law Adviser, ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Human Rights Commission Created (Jan. 02, 2008) by Shameema Rahman

On December 9, the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Ordinance of 2007 became law. It establishes the National Human Rights Commission. The Commission is empowered to ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Supreme Court Ruling on General Strikes (Dec. 02, 2007) by Shameema Rahman

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has reversed a 1999 High Court Bench ruling that violence or coercion for or against a general strike, known in Bangladesh ...

Topic: Civil disobedience
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Supreme Court Rules on Mandatory Marriage Registration (Nov. 02, 2007) by Shameema Rahman

On October 25, 2007, the Supreme Court of India ruled that all marriages must be registered without any exception for any religion. The court directed all ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Judiciary Separated from Executive Control (Nov. 02, 2007) by Shameema Rahman

Bangladesh formally declared the final separation of the government's executive and judicial functions on November 1, 2007, at a ceremony at which two separate magistracies for ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Mobile Court Ordinance 2007 (Nov. 02, 2007) by Shameema Rahman

"The Mobile Court Ordinance 2007, Ordinance No. 31, was published in the Bangladesh Gazette, October 29, 2007. The ordinance bars people from suing executive magistrates. It ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh