Govt failing to address rights abuses

Govt failing to address rights abuses

Bangladesh authorities failed to respond to repeated and serious allegations of secret detentions, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, denying the abuses instead of holding perpetrators accountable, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2018.

Although the government did not enforce refoulement on Rohingya refugees seeking sanctuary from across the Burmese (Myanmar) border, Bangladeshi citizens themselves saw no reprieve in their quest for justice, the US-based global rights watchdog said in a statement on its website yesterday.

In the 643-page report, its 28th edition, HRW reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries.

Starting in late August, Bangladesh saw over 655,000 Rohingya refugees cross the border from Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar fleeing a campaign of rape, arson, and killings by the Burmese military that amounted to crimes against humanity.

While Bangladesh does not officially recognise the majority of the Rohingya as refugees, the government has allowed those seeking shelter to enter the country, the report says.

Bangladesh deserves credit for not forcibly returning Rohingya refugees, and for doing what it can with strained resources to provide safety for them for the time being,” Brad Adams, director of HRW Asia, said in the report.

However, recurring plans to move the refugees to uninhabitable islands or to return them to Burma without key citizenship rights and protections remained a concern.

In domestic rights concerns, scores of Bangladeshis remained victims of enforced disappearances, even as law enforcement authorities continued to target both opposition supporters and militant suspects, the report mentions.

Security forces responsible for serious human rights violations continued to be free and unaccountable, the report says.

Despite evidence of flawed trials and coerced confessions, the High Court upheld the death penalty against nearly 140 members of the Bangladesh Rifles, as the present Border Guard Bangladesh was formerly known, it adds.

Civil society groups and the media continued to face pressure from both state and non-state actors, while dozens of Bangladeshis were arrested for criticising the government or the political leadership on Facebook, it further says.

Although the official government policy is to eliminate child marriage, in February 2017 the government passed a law permitting girls under 18 years of age to marry under special circumstances -- effectively eliminating the minimum age for marriage in this exception.

The government also failed to take steps to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the report says.

Particularly as the country heads into general elections in 2019, it is vital to restore the rule of law, and end all efforts to silence dissent,” said Adams.

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Weekend Forecast: ’12 Strong’ ‘Den of Thieves’ Aim For Older Male Audiences Against Sunday NFL Playoffs

12 Strong and Den of Thieves as the post-MLK frame looks to be a much quieter one than last year when Split broke out beyond all expectations to a $40 million launch.

The former of the two newcomers will hope to leverage its true story into success among military families, although its currently tracking behind the levels of 2016’s 13 Hours (w

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Novak Djokovic through as Gael Monfils wilts in blistering heat

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Six-times champion Novak Djokovic survived the Rod Laver Arena furnace to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils.  

With temperatures peaking at 39.9 degrees Celsius and reports of 69

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Veteran actress Rekha angry after being ignored at event

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Veteran actress Rekha recently attended an award function where she was one of the chief guests. However, apparent unprofessional behaviour by the organisers reportedly left her extremely angry.

It has been reported that the organisers of the event did not receive Rekha when she arrived at the venue. Despite being one of the guests of honour there, the 63-year-old actress had to wait for 15 minutes, but then she got so miffed that she was about to leave, said reports.

However, the organisers of the award show realised the blunder, and soon rushed to welcome the ever-gorgeous lady with an apology.

Rekha was invited for an award show as one of the chief guests of the event. But the moment actress reached the venue, there was no organiser present there to receive her. She waited patiently at the gate for more than 15 minutes, expecting the organisers to come and receive her, but there was no sign of them. This pissed her off and she was almost about to leave when the organisers realised their goof-up and went and apologised to her," according to a Deccan Chronicle report.

Although it is unlikely for most other Bollywood celebrity to bear such treatment, Rekha was gracious enough to accept the apology and attend the event, carrying that beautiful smile on her face.

She was wearing a pink saree at the event, and looked extremely elegant, as always.

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Veteran actress Rekha angry after being ignored at event

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Veteran actress Rekha recently attended an award function where she was one of the chief guests. However, apparent unprofessional behaviour by the organisers reportedly left her extremely angry.

It has been reported that the organisers of the event did not receive Rekha when she arrived at the venue. Despite being one of the guests of honour there, the 63-year-old actress had to wait for 15 minutes, but then she got so miffed that she was about to leave, said reports.

However, the organisers of the award show realised the blunder, and soon rushed to welcome the ever-gorgeous lady with an apology.

Rekha was invited for an award show as one of the chief guests of the event. But the moment actress reached the venue, there was no organiser present there to receive her. She waited patiently at the gate for more than 15 minutes, expecting the organisers to come and receive her, but there was no sign of them. This pissed her off and she was almost about to leave when the organisers realised their goof-up and went and apologised to her," according to a Deccan Chronicle report.

Although it is unlikely for most other Bollywood celebrity to bear such treatment, Rekha was gracious enough to accept the apology and attend the event, carrying that beautiful smile on her face.

She was wearing a pink saree at the event, and looked extremely elegant, as always.

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Top 10 Insights Gleaned From Ancient Documents

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The ancients had a prolific habit of documenting their lives on anything from skin to stone. Although this archive may be old, it may add new translations or technology and the results can be revealing. From books that belonged to samurai and pirates to mysterious events that could rewrite history, the written word can color […]

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Guardiola urges City to learn from Anfield pain

Guardiola urges City to learn from Anfield pain

Guardiola's side saw their 30-match unbeaten run in the Premier League come to a stunning end at Anfield on Sunday.

The leaders fell behind to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's early opener and although Leroy Sane equalised before half-time, City were blown away by three goals in nine second half minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Although late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put a flattering gloss on the scoresheet, City boss Guardiola had no complaints about his side's first league defeat since April 5 at Chelsea.

It was City's first domestic defeat since an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal on April 23.

Conceding that all the talk of City winning the title at a canter and possibly going unbeaten throughout the entire season made it hard to keep his players motivated, the Spaniard said: "In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done.

I always said no. It is still to be done. Sometimes the worse thing is when people say from one month ago that it is over.

It's so difficult to maintain this run, especially against good teams like Liverpool.

Football is an unpredictable game. We have to fight until the end to win the league.

Guardiola admitted City had lost their composure in the second half after being rattled by Liverpool's relentless pressing and the ferocious Anfield atmosphere.

We lost a lot of balls. Liverpool are so aggressive without the ball and we had little bit of a problem to control that," he said.

We started the second half good until the goal from Firmino. After that we lost our control and we become involved in the environment at Anfield.

Although City's lead at the top can be cut to 12 points if second placed Manchester United beat Stoke on Monday, they remain firm favourites for the title.

Guardiola, who will be without defender Fabian Delph for several weeks after his first half injury, believes City will use their Anfield frustration to bounce back in their next game against Newcastle.

Now we must be positive, analyse why we lost and look to the game against Newcastle," said Guardiola, who refused to reveal if he is still in the hunt to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

It's never good news to lose, but when you lose it's important not to lose again.

We have a young team and maybe it can be good for the future.

I've won a lot of titles and always I've dropped points on the way.

For Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp the victory was a cathartic moment after City thrashed his team 5-0 earlier this season.

It was also significant because it proved Liverpool can still thrive without Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, who got his wish to join Barcelona earlier this month.

To score four in the week after Phil Coutinho leaves the club is a very big statement," Klopp said.

It's not like we held a meeting and said 'guys can you win today because then no-one will talk about Phil.

But of course it was important to show it's possible to play well without him.

Unlike the rest of the Premier League this season, Liverpool found the formula to knock City out of their stride.

Klopp believes the game -- undoubtedly one of the best in England this term -- showed the need to be fearless when facing a team of City's class.

Maybe it was a historical game, it could be the only one they lose in the entire season," Klopp said.

They are so strong but I really think we deserved it. You need to be brave, you need to play football.

You can sit in your box and hope they don't score but that's not really likely.

We are Liverpool, so we shouldn't play that way. We have to attack. There is no alternative against City.

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The surprising place the Queen's crown jewels were hidden during WWII

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which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1953. British news commentator Alastair Bruce, who interviews the Queen in the hour-long special, says he stumbled across the story while perusing once-confidential letters between royal librarian Sir Owen Morshead and Queen Mary, the mother of King George VI and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth.

Fearing that the Nazis would seize the royal jewels, George VI ordered the treasure-filled tin to be buried underneath a secret emergency castle exit. The jewels—including the Black Prince's Ruby and St. Edward's Sapphire, both taken from the Imperial State Crown—were accessible only through a trapdoor.

The freshly tilled earth was a chalky white. To avoid notice from the German Luftwaffe, tarps were used to conceal the dug-up grounds at night. The Nazis weren’t the only ones left in the dark: Princess Elizabeth, then 14 years old, had no idea where the gems were buried, although she did know they’d been hidden at Windsor.

the Smithsonian Channel on January 14.

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