Human Rights in Bangladesh

Human rights in Bangladesh have deteriorated since 2005, the year Bangladesh started to experience a decrease in the level of political stability. 2005 was also the year 400 bombs exploded in 63 of the nation’s 64 districts. This event caused political instability and made human rights a sensitive issue in the country.

World human rights monitoring agencies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have deeply criticized the way the government is treating sensitive subjects like human rights in a country like Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi security services and military system have also been under scrutiny. International monitoring groups have accused law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh of summary executions, executions that were done outside judicial areas, excessive use of brute force and torture. Also, journalists and reporters that enter the country are intimidated and threatened by the authorities. Every since 2003, security forces have gained some sort of immunity that makes them invisible when it comes to accountability in the face of the general public.

Corruption is still a major problem in Bangladesh, that is why Transparency International has declared Bangladesh the most corrupt country in the world for over five consecutive years. Authorities are accused of using torture during the interrogation of prisoners. Also, in Bangladesh the use of violent assaults on religious minorities is common practice. Extremists are not punished for their actions, even though Bangladesh is a member of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that defends freedom of religion, association and expression.

In Bangladesh, human rights activists, photojournalists and reporters are exposed to brutal assaults from the government’s supporters and official government members. Bangladesh has been for three years now the only country in the world with the largest number of journalists that were threatened with death or violently attacked. Islamist groups in Bangladesh keep on intimidating the press.