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Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise

Lina Dilruba Sharmin, Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh and Shahariar Sadat Amena Khatun and her husband Ismail Hossain (not real names) experienced an extreme food crisis during the lockdown in Barguna district, in southern Bangladesh. They had no work and no savings. Almost at the point of starving, Amena’s father took Amena to see their local Union Parishad (UP) member, hoping to access ... Read More »

Protesting DU students attacked on campus

Dhaka – A group of Dhaka University students, protesting against corruption and illegal enrolment of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders, were attacked on the campus on Wednesday. The incident took place around 1:10pm when protesters laid siege to the Business Faculty (evening programme) dean’s office.Protesters said most of the attackers are supporters of Saddam Hossain, assistant general secretary of Dhaka ... Read More »

Kim says North Korean launches were warning to US, South

Seoul, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises. The official Korean Central News Agency said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over ... Read More »

More than 60 killed in extremist attack on Nigeria villagers

Maiduguri, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — Suspected Boko Haram extremists killed more than 60 people in an attack on villagers leaving a funeral in northeastern Nigeria, a local official said Sunday. It was the deadliest extremist attack against civilians in the region this year. Muhammad Bulama, council chairman of the Nganzai local government area, told reporters that 11 other people were ... Read More »

How governments still allow violence against children

By Tamara Tutnjevic Gorman New York, Jul 16 2019 (IPS) – Despite what you might have heard, things are getting better, every year. We are making amazing progress on fighting diseases, reducing the preventable deaths of children, and investing huge amounts to advance medicine and knowledge and to create better living conditions. However, this progress is too slow for some ... Read More »

Child-lifting rumour: 1 more killed, 12 hurt in mob violence

Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Despite the warning by the police administration not to take the law into own hands, angry mobs continued to attack suspected child-lifters in different districts, killing another man and injuring 12 others. After the killing of three people in mass beating in Dhaka and Narayanganj districts in a day as they were suspected to be ... Read More »

No excuse for violence against children

by Zoleka Mandela, Etienne Krug, Howard Taylor Geneva – At the World Health Assembly in May, we made the case for why governments and United Nations agencies need to spend more on measures to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), injury, and violence against children. One of us – Zoleka Mandela – spoke of losing her 13-year-old daughter to a drunk driver, ... Read More »

The sex scandal at the heart of the Afghan government

By Yogita LimayeBBC News, Kabul Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain ... Read More »

Minor Sayma rape-murder: Prime suspect held in Comilla

Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – Detectives in a drive in Cumilla on Sunday arrested the prime suspect in the killing of six-year-old girl Samia Afrin Sayma after rape in Dhaka’s Wari area. They arrested Harun-Or-Rashid, a painter by profession, from Darbardanga area in Titas upazila in Cumilla district. Harun used to live in the same building where the victim’s family resides. Tipped ... Read More »

Turning the tide on violence and harassment at work

by Rothna Begum The #MeToo movement raised global awareness about the experience of harassment at work—now we have a potentially far-reaching ILO convention to combat the phenomenon. ‘This is a historic day.’ The words sent a shiver down my spine, as applause erupted at the United Nations in Geneva on June 21st. The governments, worker representatives and employer organisations which ... Read More »

UK arms sales to Saudis suspended after court ruling

The court holds the government failed to consider violations in Yemen London – The Court of Appeal in London ruled on June 20, 2019, that the United Kingdom government’s refusal to consider Saudi Arabia’s laws-of-war violations in Yemen before licensing arms sales was unlawful, Human Rights Watch said today. The landmark decision requires the UK government to reconsider its decision ... Read More »

Rape threat: Sylhet intern docs for punishing student leader

Sylhet, May 12 – The intern doctors at Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital (SWMC) staged a demonstration demanding the immediate arrest of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader over his rape threat to one of their fellows. They brought out a procession from the medical college premises that ended at the same place and formed a human chain after marching ... Read More »

Rewriting the rules on #MeToo globally

By Nisha Varia New Yprk, Apr 30, 2019 (IPS) – I have been working to protect the rights of women workers for 25 years, and whether I speak to domestic workers, election workers, farmers, or activists, their experience of sexual harassment and violence has been a common thread. The other commonality? The almost complete absence of redress in any of ... Read More »

No security threat of Sri Lanka-Type attack: BD Minister

Dhaka, April 22 – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Monday, like Sri Lankan Attack, there is no security threat in Bangladesh, yet law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh are prepared to tackle any untoward incident. He said, “Law-enforcement agencies are ready to face any situation,” Khan told reporters as he visited the residence of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim ... Read More »

Schools, colleges asked to form groups to face sexual attack

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – The government has directed all the educational institutions under the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to form five-member committees to prevent incidents of sexual harassment.DSHE director (college and admin) Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury said they have sent the notice to all the government and non-government educational institutions along with the 2009 High Court directive ... Read More »