Odhikar Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report (January - June 2017)

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The first half of 2017 was difficult for the human rights situation in Bangladesh, as outlined by Odhikar’s Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report covering the period 1 January - 30 June 2017.

The space for civil society in Bangladesh continued to shrink from January to June 2017 as freedom of expression and association came under fire. The repression of political opponents and dissenting voices, including those of human rights defenders, through torture, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, has continued at the hands of the Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies. The Bangladeshi government has also silenced critical voices, including those of the human rights community, through harassment, arbitrary arrests and fabricated judicial proceedings. A series of repressive laws remain in force, and women’s, migrants’, and workers’ rights continue to be sidelined.

The human rights violations documented in Odhikar’s six-monthly report occur in a culture of impunity created by the Bangladeshi government, which refuses to acknowledge the existence of many of the abuses. The worsening human rights climate clearly demonstrates the urgent need for an injection of rule of law, democracy, and social justice in Bangladesh, particularly before the upcoming 2018 elections.

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