October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Bangladesh officials on Monday approved the Child Marriage Prevention Act of 2014, a law that sets a two year jail term for any person who marries a girl under the age of 18. The law, which was approved during a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, sets the minimum age ...[read more]
May 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced Mohammad Kamaruzzam, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI), to death for atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Kamaruzzam, the fourth person convicted by the tribunal established by Prime ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 8, 2011, the current Bangladeshi government charged former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia with corruption over alleged inappropriate donations. While she was prime minister, Zia allegedly forced people to make donations to a specific charity named after her late husband. Related ...[read more]
May 31, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 31, 2010, the Bangladesh High Court dismissed the last of 15 corruption cases which been brought against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina between 2001 and 2008. Hasina was reelected to the post of Prime Minister of Bangladesh in December 2008 a position she previously held from 1996 until... ...[read more]
May 19, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter to the Bangladesh government Thursday praising its International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to prosecute those responsible for atrocities committed during the 1971 struggle for independence, but urged the government to ensure that the trials are carried out in ...[read more]
May 31, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A Bangladesh High Court has dismissed the last of 15 corruption cases against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her lawyer said Monday. The court held that Hasina had not committed a criminal offense when she used government funds to to appoint US lobbyists to represent the Bangladesh Export ...[read more]
November 19, 2009
by Andrea Bottorff
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Thursday denied the appeals of five former military officers sentenced to death for the 1975 military coup assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's first leader. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Mujibur's daughter, praised the... ...[read more]
July 9, 2009
by Christian Ehret
Bangladesh should improve their war crimes laws to bring justice to victims of the 1971 War of Independence from Pakistan, Human Rights Watch urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday. The rights group sent a letter to Hasina applauding the government's commitment in setting up tribunals to p... ...[read more]
April 27, 2009
by Benjamin Hackman
The Bangladeshi state prosecutor said Monday that he is seeking to drop two of several corruption charges pending against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina because they were politically motivated. State prosecutor Abdullah Abu said the two charges, as well as charges against other officials, were filed ...[read more]

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