Statement by Right to Freedom on Bangladesh’s Elections

Statement by Right to Freedom on Bangladesh’s Elections Jan 09, 2024 The fears which we expressed in our December 29 statement on Bangladesh’s Elections have now come to pass. As already noted by the United States, United Kingdom and others, Bangladesh’s January 7 elections can be considered neither free nor fair. More importantly, this election […]

Statement on Bangladesh’s January 7 General Election

Statement on Bangladesh’s January 7 General Election Date: December 29, 2023 For many months, friends of Bangladesh have been sounding the alarm regarding the risk of the country’s 2024 general elections following the pattern witnessed in 2014 and 2018, in which the ruling party orchestrated results that deprived voters of the chance to freely exercise […]


PREDATOR SINCE 2014 (AT LEAST) Bangladesh, 152nd/180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index PREDATORY METHOD: THE DIGITAL SECURITY ACT, ULTIMATE WEAPON FOR IMPOSING SELF-CENSORSHIP The eldest child of Sheikh Mujib, Bangladesh’s independence hero, Sheikh Hasina has been a leading figure in Bangladeshi politics since the early 1980s. For years, she led the opposition […]

UN: Grave Allegations Involving Visiting Bangladesh Army Chief

(New York) – The United Nations should use its meetings with senior Bangladeshi military officials next week to protest attempts to use the UN as cover for abuses at home, seven human rights groups said today. The UN should announce a comprehensive review of UN relations with Bangladeshi armed forces, the top troop contributor to […]

Slain student fuels ‘second revolution’ in Bangladesh

By SABRIA CHOWDHURY BALLAND “Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of our ease, their estates, their pleasure and their blood.” – John Adams, second US president, 1765 That […]

Riaz presents at the University of Oslo, Norway

Distinguished Professor Ali Riaz from the Department of Politics and Government presented at a conference on Bangladesh at the University of Oslo, Norway. Riaz was the speaker at the special session titled “A Conversation about the state of democracy and election in Bangladesh”; the session was chaired by Arild Engelsen Ruud of the University of […]

‘Democracy problems in Bangladesh turn difficult’

State Department Correspondent The democracy and human rights problems in Bangladesh have gotten progressively more difficult, said ambassador Michael Kozak of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak came up with the comment in a press briefing organized by Foreign Press Centre of the US Department of State in reply […]

Ali Riaz’s new book examines elections in hybrid regimes

Distinguished Professor Ali Riaz has published a book on elections in hybrid regimes. The book, titled Voting in a Hybrid Regime: Explaining the 2018 Bangladeshi Election examines the mechanism of election manipulation in apparently democratic—but essentially authoritarian—systems called the hybrid regimes. Using the 2018 Bangladeshi parliamentary election as an example Riaz argues that leaders of the hybrid […]