Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh is under serious threat

Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh is under serious threat In a panel discussion entitled “Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh and Future Challenges,” organized sponsored by the Washington-based rights organization ‘Right to Freedom,’ on May 16, experts and journalistsparticipants emphasized the inseparable link between freedom of expression and political change in the country. The event shed […]

Statement on US Visa Policy to Promote Democratic Elections in Bangladesh

Statement on US Visa Policy to Promote Democratic Elections in Bangladesh Right to Freedom welcomes the U.S. Department of State’s announcement of a new visa policy to promote democratic elections in Bangladesh. We endorse efforts such as those announced today by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support those seeking to advance democracy and hold […]

Bangladesh Opposition Fears Election Commission Law Favors Ruling Party

Bangladesh Opposition Fears Election Commission Law Favors Ruling Party Ahammad FoyezCourtesy: Benar News-https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/bengali/election-commission-01272022153823.html A bill passed by Bangladesh’s parliament on Thursday institutionalizes election-management practices that favor the incumbent government, setting the stage for the Awami League to remain in power through the next election, opposition parties and critics say. It formalizes procedures used by current […]

Bangladesh one-party local elections turn deadly

Bangladesh one-party local elections turn deadly Overall Death Toll in Union Council Polls Tops 100 Ahammad FoyezCourtesy: Benar News-https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/bengali/bangladesh-union-council-poll-violence-01052022152313.html The death toll from violence around Union Council elections in Bangladesh surpassed 100 on Wednesday, as at least 10 people were killed in the latest stage of polling, including some by police gunfire, local authorities and […]

Journalists covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh attacked, harassed by Awami League activists

At least 15 journalists were beaten, threatened, denied access to polling stations, or had equipment broken or taken while covering the mayoral and ward councilor vote, according to reports. Separately, over 30 complaints of election irregularities, including voters being denied entry to polling stations or people standing outside centers with firearms, were reported to the Election […]

What’s next for democracy in Bangladesh after the tainted election?

In Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party has won the elections with a 96 percent majority in the 300-member national parliament. While some say that kind of winning happen only in a country like North Korea; Bangladesh’ chief election commissioner says ‘we are satisfied, we are not ashamed’. Before the polls, media had predicted Hasina […]

Election was stolen, government is illegitimate: William B. Milam

About December 30 parliamentary election of Bangladesh Ambassador William B. Milam, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center, said the real truth is that the election was stolen and the government is illegitimate. Ambassador William B. Milam expresses his view on Bangladesh election in an opined published in The Friday Times on last Friday. The full […]

US on tougher stance for fair elections in Bangladesh.

US on tougher stance for fair elections in Bangladesh. Special Correspondent from Boston, Nov 12 (Just News): “The US is taking a tougher stance on Bangladesh elections this time. As I have heard from concern people at the State Department, their view is they are going to try that this election is going to be […]

Bangladesh’s devastating election 2018

Goyeshwar Chandra Roy is one of the top leaders of Bangladesh’s leading opposition party, iconic figure from the minority community of the country where only a few of them could lead up to top positions. Mr. Goyesshor was taking part in his electoral campaign. Out of the blue; ruling party thugs attacked him and his supporters. One […]

Why credible election is a must for Bangladesh

On February 8; Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia was sent to jail being convicted in a graft case. The Dhaka court has awarded the 73-year-old BNP party Chairperson a 5-year imprisonment for a mishandling of $250,000 of an orphanage Trust. The country’s incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sounds presumptuously victorious asking ‘where is she (Khaleda) […]