|Bangladesh Jamaat leader's death sentence violates fair trial standards: HRW
9/19/2013 11:17:00 AM
New York, Sept. 19 (ANI): The death sentence against Abdul Qader Mollah, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party convicted of war crimes during the 1971 war of liberation, is based on the retroactive application of amended legislation after the conclusion of his trial and violates international fair trial standards to which Bangladesh is a party, Human Rights Watch said today.
Human Rights Watch has long supported efforts to deliver accountability for the atrocities committed during Bangladesh's
|Senior Sri Lankan journalist flees country after armed attack
9/19/2013 12:33:00 AM
London, Sept. 19 (ANI): A senior journalist in Sri Lanka has left the country three weeks after she and her family were held at knifepoint during a raid at her house.
Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, associate editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, led a trade union for journalists and had also received death threats.
She told the BBC she had left for a few months but would be back.
Abeywickrema's lawyer said she had left the country fearing for her and family's security.
|India, Bangladesh vow to stop killings on border
9/19/2013 12:33:00 AM
Dhaka, Sept.19 (ANI): India and Bangladesh have vowed to stop killings on the border that separates the two countries.
Chiefs of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard of Bangladesh have agreed to take measures to prevent such untoward incidents in the border regions.
BSF Director General Subhash Joshi assured Bangladesh that New Delhi had no plans to fly drone or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the neighbouring nation.
Border Guards of Bangladesh Director
|Bangladesh court awards death sentence to senior Jamaat leader in 1971 Pak war trial
9/17/2013 11:38:00 AM
Islamabad, Sept. 17 (ANI): The senior Jamaat-e-Islami party leader, Abdul Quader Molla has been reportedly awarded a death sentence by Bangladesh Supreme Court for murder during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.
Molla, 65, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country's top court after it rejected an appeal to acquit him of all charges.
Prosecutor Ziad Al Malum said that the court enhanced his life sentence to the death penalty, adding that the order was a
|Bangladesh garment factory accidents' compensation talks fail
9/14/2013 2:02:00 PM
London, Sept 14 (ANI): International-clothing makers, who used the factories where two accidents led to deaths of more than 1200 Bangladeshis, have failed to reach a deal on the creation of a compensation fund for victims.
According to the BBC, only a third of the retailers who used the factories turned up for a two-day meeting on the issue in Geneva.
Only Primark was making a firm commitment on funding, the report said.
Trade unions argued many of the victim families are now
|Indian observers to monitor polls in Lanka's Northern Province
9/14/2013 12:25:00 AM
New Delhi, Sept 14 (ANI): Six Indian observers led former Chief Election Commissioner N Goplalaswamy will be in Sri Lanka for the next ten days to monitor elections in the island nation's Northern Province.
The Indian team will include Chief Electoral Officers of Himachal Pradesh Narinder Chauhan and Sunil Kumar Gupta of West Bengal.
In addition to the Indian observers, there will be five observers from Pakistan, three from Bangladesh, two each from Nepal and Maldives and one
|HRW mourns death of Sri Lankan rights activist Sunila Abeysekera
9/10/2013 2:56:00 PM
New York, Sept.10 (ANI): Human Rights Watch mourns the death of Sunila Abeysekera, a prominent and highly respected Sri Lankan activist who spent more than two decades documenting human rights violations in Sri Lanka. Abeysekara passed away in Colombo on September 9, 2013, following a long illness.
With a rare ability to act as researcher, advocate, and spokesperson within Sri Lanka and abroad, Abeysekera was internationally recognized as one of South Asia's preeminent human rights
|UN's Navi Pillay visits Sri Lanka on fact-finding mission on war crimes
8/26/2013 11:05:00 AM
London, Aug. 26 (ANI): The United Nation's human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, has arrived in Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission on war crimes.
Pillay's visit comes after the Sri Lankan government said she could visit former conflict zones.
As part of her week-long visit, Pillay is due to travel to former war zones in the north and east, and is also expected to hold talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Pillay is also expected to hold meetings with members
|Restructuring India-Bangladesh relations
8/19/2013 11:39:00 AM
Mumbai, Aug.19 (ANI): On the surface, India-Bangladesh relations appear to be sailing through troubled waters. The Teesta River Agreement has not been signed. The Indian Parliament has not been able to endorse the land-boundary deal. Power trade has not materialised. Cattle smuggling across the border is a growing problem. However, if we scratch the surface, another reality looks possible.
The stalled Teesta River Agreement is an example. The differences between the positions of Bangladesh,
|Sri Lanka launches new probe into thousands missing during ethnic war
8/15/2013 3:39:00 PM
Colombo, Aug. 15 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered a new investigation into the disappearance of thousands of people during an ethnic war, which ended four years ago.
The announcement comes just days before UN human rights chief Navi Pillay is due to visit the island.
Pillay will be visiting Sri Lanka amid international criticism of Colombo's human rights record during the war against Tamil separatists, the Daily Times reports.
According to the report,
|Nepal declares one part of capital as 'bird flu emergency zone'
8/15/2013 3:39:00 PM
Kathmandu, Aug. 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Amid new cases of bird flu emerging almost every day for the past one month, Nepal has declared Bhaktapur, one of the three districts of Kathmandu valley, as the emergency zone, said officials on Thursday.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting held between government officials and the poultry farmers on Wednesday evening, to be executed from Thursday onward, according to Narayan Ghimire, the government's spokesperson for bird flu control
|Bangladesh's Islamist party student-wing leader killed in hartal clashes
8/14/2013 3:04:00 PM
Dhaka, Aug. 14 (Xinhua-ANI): A protester was killed as security forces and Bangladesh's largest Islamist party men fought street battles in capital Dhaka on Wednesday morning in the second day of a nationwide general strike, with dozens including policemen and journalists injured.
Khalilur Rahman, president of a ward unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir (the student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party) died in a city hospital where he was rushed with head injuries, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam,
|India needs to show political will to support Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina: Lt. Gen. Sinha
8/11/2013 10:36:00 AM
New Delhi, Aug.11 (ANI): Former Governor of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Srinivas Kumar Sinha, has said India should exhibit political will to strengthen ties with Bangladesh and wholeheartedly support incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed to neutralise Islamist and Jihadist elements.
In a recent interview given to ANI, Lt. Gen. Sinha, a former Vice Chief of Army Staff, who has written extensively on the issue of illegal migration in India's north eastern states,
|Sri Lanka should probe 'Clean Water' protest deaths: HRW
8/10/2013 12:02:00 AM
New York, Aug.10 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Government should stop issuing misleading information and promptly create an independent and transparent inquiry into the deaths of protesters at Weliweriya on August 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today.
At least three people were killed and several injured after security forces fired live ammunition at protesters who were demanding access to clean drinking water.
According to news reports, soldiers fired on local residents and Buddhist
|Despite apologising for plotting Fed bomb attack, Bangladeshi man imprisoned for 30 years
8/10/2013 12:02:00 AM
London, Aug. 10 (ANI): A Bangladeshi man, who is one of the prime accused for plotting to bomb the U.S. Federal Reserve, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using weapons of mass destruction and supporting the terrorist outfit, Al Qaeda.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, aged 22, had driven a van loaded with dummy explosives to the central bank branch in a bid to set them off using a mobile phone detonator from a hotel room, the BBC reports.
Earlier, Nafis had written
|Nepal to tighten rules governing Everest expeditions to ward off current chaos
8/3/2013 9:59:00 AM
London, Aug. 3 (ANI): The rules to the expeditions on the Mount Everest are reportedly going to be tightened and for the first time a government team will be located at the base camp to monitor the activities of climbers.
According to the BBC, Nepalese officials have said that the government team at the base camp will help coordinate rescue measures and also protect the environment.
Chief of the tourism industry division that oversees mountaineering, Purna Chandra Bhattarai said
|HRW concerned over random killings by Bangladesh security agencies
8/1/2013 1:38:00 PM
Washington, August 1 (ANI): Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has revealed that Bangladeshi security forces have frequently used excessive force in responding to street protests, killing at least 150 protesters and injuring at least 2,000 since February 2013.
HRW report 'Blood On The Streets: The Use of Excessive Force During Bangladesh Protests' documents cases in which police, paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has opened fire into crowds
|Sri Lanka arrests 65 Indian fishermen
7/31/2013 11:51:00 AM
Colombo, July 31 (Xinhua-ANI): The Sri Lankan navy on Wednesday arrested 65 Indian fishermen who allegedly entered Sri Lankan waters illegally to catch fish.
A navy spokesman said that 34 Indians were arrested off Point Pedro in the north of the country and the other 31 fishermen were arrested off Trincomalee in the east.
The navy said that it also seized nine boats used by the fishermen to cross the International Boundary Line (IMBL) that divides the two countries.
|Now, Bangladesh army calls factory girl who survived 17 days trapped beneath debris a hoax
7/3/2013 12:15:00 AM
Islamabad, July 3 (ANI): The Bangladesh army has reportedly called the media reports of 'miraculous rescue' of seamstress Reshma Begum from the Rana Plaza Building collapse as 'hoax' and 'fictitious'.
The media reports had claimed that Begum had been trapped under the rubble for 17 days before being rescued by the army, whereas the military which oversaw the rescue and recovery operation slamming the reports has said that reports are 'misleading, imprudent and fictitious',
|Bangladesh factory girl who survived 17 days trapped beneath debris declared a hoax
7/1/2013 10:11:00 AM
Washington, July 1 (ANI): A Bangladesh factory worker who was rescued after 17 days trapped beneath the collapsed factory's debris is now being declared a hoax by a former colleague and survivor.
Reshma Begum, 19, escaped on foot from under the nine-story building and was hospitalized the very same day in April, according to claims made to a British newspaper.
A former Rana Plaza worker, who allegedly worked with Begum, said that the two escaped together and walked away from the