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.


I am not anti-Hindu, I am anti-Modi, says actor Prakash Raj

Actor Prakash Raj on Thursday said he was not anti-Hindu as alleged by critics but only anti-Modi.

They say I am anti-Hindu but I say I am anti-Modi, anti-Amit Shah and anti-Hegde,” the actor said at the India Today South conclave in Hyderabad.

He was referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and BJP leader and Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde.

on a stage to purify it after he had delivered a speech there during an event in Sirsi, Karnataka.

In Hyderabad, Prakash Raj went on to say that those who support “killers” cannot be called Hindus.

He said the Prime Minister remained silent when he appealed to him to speak out after some Modi supporters celebrated the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

A true Hindu cannot support such activity,” said Prakash Raj, a friend of Lankesh.

The actor’s remarks evoked protest from the BJP spokesman in Telangana, Krishna Sagar Rao, who was in the audience.

When you can call me anti-Hindu, I have every right to say you are not Hindu,” he said.


Militants tried to blow up the building: Rab

Militants tried to blow up the building: Rab

They tried to blow up the flat at the six-storey building “Rubi Villa” keeping a grenade on a stove after filling their room with gas when the raid was underway, Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed said at a press briefing.

But by the grace of the Almighty, they failed," he said.

He added that three bodies were found inside the room after the raid at the suspected militant den in West Nakhalpara area.

The three are possibly aged between 20 and 30. They rented the room on January 4 last year showing a fake National Identity card (NID), he further said.

The land lord had no idea about them as a man named Rubel was in-charge of renting the flat as a mess, the Rab official added.

Bomb disposal units of the law enforcers are working to deactivate the explosives kept at the den, our staff correspondent said.

Earlier in the day, sounds of heavy gunshots and explosions were heard from the spot while Rab members conducted the operation on the fourth floor of the Rubi Villa, reports staff correspondent.

Parvej Hossain, a resident of the fifth-floor and a student of Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute, told The Daily Star they woke up hearing the heavy sounds of gunfire around 3:30am.

The residents of the fourth-floor were hardly seen and the door and windows of the floor remained closed at all times, Parvej said.

Residents of the house were brought out of the building safely before conducting the operation, Rab members said.

The law enforcers cordoned off the building around 2:00am suspecting that militants may hole up there, Mufti Mahmud Khan, Rab's legal and media wing director, told The Daily Star in the morning.

Sensing presence of the Rab members, the “militants” fired bullets and hurled grenades at the law enforcers, he said.

Later, the members of the elite force entered the “hideout” after breaking its door and conducted operation there, the Rab official said.

Two Rab members sustained minor injuries, he added.


Mominul strikes ton in BCL

Mominul strikes ton in BCL

Islami Bank reached 311 for the loss of five wickets against Prime Bank South Zone as Mominul reached 160 from 196 deliveries after Islami Bank opted to bat first at the BKSP Ground-4 in Savar.

The left-hander reached his 150 in 183 deliveries. Mominul struck 17 fours and two sixes in his knock.

Walton Central Zone were bowled out for 188 runs against BCB North Zone on the opening day of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL).

Ariful Haque bagged four wickets as Walton Central bundled out in just 56 overs, losing wickets at regular intervals. Irfan Shakkur and Taskin Ahmed’s resilient tenth-wicket partnership of 60 runs allowed Walton Central to reach 188. Irfan remained unbeaten on a 55-ball 57 while Taskin played a handy knock 34 from 36 deliveries after Walton Central Zone were down to nine wickets with 122 runs on the board. Shafiul Islam and Subashish Roy picked up two wickets each.

In reply, North Zone were 44 without loss. Nazmul Hossain was batting on 25 not out while Mizanur Rahman was unbeaten on 17.


Pics: Shruti Haasan's boyfriend Michael Corsale meets Sarika

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It was in the beginning of 2017 that Shruti Haasan's personal life once again grabbed eyeballs after she was spotted with a mystery man at the airport. Later, it was reported that the man in question is London-based theater actor Michael Corsale . And the two have been dating each other for a while.

While their public appearances made heads turn, Shruti neither denied nor confirmed her relationship.

In an interview to DNA, Haasan had said, "I don't talk about my personal life because it's very precious to me. All of us who have had a partner know that those people are the pillar of support in your life and I don't want to share that with everybody. It's just not something I feel comfortable talking about.

While the Behen Hogi Teri actor has remained tight-lipped about her relationship status, going by the latest pictures, it seems it is almost official now.

Recently, Shruti made her boyfriend Michael meet her mom Sarika. And pictures of the trio spotted together have gone viral.

Clad in a blue dress, Shruti looked happy in the company of Sarika and Michael.

Going by these pictures, it seems the two will make an official announcement soon.

On the work front, Shruti was last seen in Behen Hogi Teri along with Rajkummar Rao.

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