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  • Children

    Children are speaking up: Are we ready to listen?

    After working on child rights for the most part of my professional life, I have come to realise that there is a very limited understanding of children's rights in our society.

  • Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire

    Of hopes, half-measures, and the hell that awaits Rohingyas

    As the Rohingya crisis enters its seventh month, chances of it ending in a peaceful manner are quickly evaporating.

  • In search of justice

    In recent times, numerous international rights organisations and leaders across the world have been arguing for the referral of the “ethnic cleansing” campaign of the Rohingyas in Rakhine State, Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The world at least owes the Rohingyas an acknowledgement of their pain and suffering, as a fact, by holding the culprits and the instigators of the ethnic cleansing

  • Rohingya child

    Listen to the voices of suffering Rohingya children

    Do you remember being a child, wide awake at night, breath drawn, every creak and whisper of breeze a monster under the bed, an intruder down the hall? Then as day breaks, childish fear evaporates and the night's terrors are forgotten.

  • Coping with Rohingya refugee crisis

    Many reports in recent weeks have highlighted the growing social, economic, environmental and health impacts of Rohingya refugees being settled in Teknaf and other areas of Cox's Bazar.

  • Rohingya repatriation programme

    Timeline and 'sustainable return'

    The Rohingya repatriation programme, agreed upon by Bangladesh and Myanmar, is off to a rocky start.

  • The Digital Insecurity Act?

    The government has churned out yet another freedom-curtailing law for the parliament to legislate.

  • Three Opportunities for Humanitarians in 2018

    AS 2018 begins, the challenges of humanitarian crises are momentous.

  • The uncertain fate of Rohingya women

    Amina Khatun, a 40-year-old Rohingya woman, was sitting in front of the door of her tiny shelter house with her two-year-old son Salam. She somehow managed to flee Myanmar along with her son but her husband Abdul Rashid was not so lucky. He was killed by the Myanmar army.

  • Why you should care about net neutrality

    Over the past year or so, you have probably heard that a contentious "fight" about net-neutrality was taking place in the US, and you might have thought—“why should I care?”

  • Rohingyas need protection, not relocation to Bashan Char

    For Bangladesh, the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees with dignity and full citizenship rights remains the only viable solution, but the circumstances surrounding the Rohingya crisis do not look promising for them to safely return to their homeland anytime soon and rebuild their future.

  • Why maternal mortality is not declining

    Maternal mortality has not declined in Bangladesh. The 2016 Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey (BMMS), the third of its kind, revealed that the current maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 196 per 100,000 live births, which was 194 in 2010.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Can UN make a difference?

    The resolution passed by UN General Assembly on Sunday asking Myanmar to end a military campaign against Rohingyas and ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to them offered afresh some flowery words for the world's most persecuted community.

  • Lifting the fog on disappearance

    The year 1979 was probably the first time when the word “disappear” was used as an intransitive word. The New York Times Magazine wrote, “While Miss Iglesias 'was disappeared,' her family's writ of habeas corpus, filed on her behalf, was rejected by the courts.”

  • Zero tolerance for fatwas that violate human rights

    On December 12, 2017, Bangladesh Police arrested Abu Musa, an imam of a local mosque in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia district, for issuing a fatwa prohibiting women from going out of their homes to work in farm fields.

  • Apocalypse now?

    Have you ever felt as if you had woken up in an alternative reality? Or that you might be trapped in the twilight zone?

  • The right to quality education

    On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

  • A measure of our society

    December is the month of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Human Rights Day, but what do these signify and why are they failing to uphold their purposes?

  • A sense of fear prevails

    December 10, 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

  • Commentary

    Silencing Dissent

    The much-maligned Section 57 of the infamous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act 2006 has come in handy again for suppressing dissent. This time the target is a well-known professor of law of the University of Dhaka, a reputed columnist and an eloquent speaker.

  • Perplexing papal priority

    The dusts of Suhrawardy Udyan have settled down by now. The much-talked-about papal visit to Burma and Bangladesh has come to an end. The visit created quite a bit of furore both at home and abroad.

  • Choking on Dhaka's air

    Dhaka dwellers don't need official data to tell them just how suffocating and dangerous the air they are breathing in is.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Rohingyas' dignified return to their homeland

    Negotiat-ions are ongoing between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to formulate a plan to repatriate the Rohingyas who have sought refuge in Bangladesh fleeing the atrocities perpetrated by the Myanmar military.

  • Asean Summit and the Rohingya issue

    This year's Asean Summit ended on November 15 with the commitment to forge cooperation for peace, security and development. Asean and other world leaders attending the summit also pledged to boost business, investment and trade.

  • Asia's unacceptable record

    Out of the 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, almost two thirds—25 million people—are exploited in Asia and the Pacific. Making the region host to the largest number of victims of modern slavery today.

  • Learning the ropes

    The Bangladesh government has been globally lauded—and rightfully so—for welcoming with open arms, once again, the persecuted Rohingya people with whom the country has a checkered history. The Rohingyas came to Bangladesh in droves in 1978, 1992, and the 2010s.

  • Commodities lost in clandestine marketplaces

    We are all commodities. Different parts of us are up for sale, as and when demand dictates, all the time. But it causes significant discomfort in me when vulnerable bodies are transformed into commodities.

  •  burned Rohingya village

    How 'humanitarian technology' can help deal with Rohingya crisis

    Since August 25, 2017, the world has experienced one of the most brutal and fastest-growing humanitarian crises that led to the “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” involving the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

  • Children

    Langadu, after the flames

    But, as happens in the world, we forgot Langadu. The Rangamati landslides, the flash floods, the influx of Rohingya refugees followed one after another, and in trying to cope and deal with each, the limelight shifted from the previous crises. So, six months later, it is pertinent to ask, how is the Chakma community in Langadu carrying on?

  • Downplaying child sexual abuse

    According to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, a total of 494 children were raped in the eight months from January till August this year—among them 58 were gang-raped. According to their statistics, 37 disabled children were raped during this time, while 46 were victims of attempted rape.