Citing UK report: Media And Political Liberty in Bangladesh goes downward

The United Kingdom government published a special report on Thursday. In which the following facts were included. Bangladesh faced continued women violence incidents. Children were under attack. Extrajudicial killings were all-time high last year in the country. The security of religious minorities remained uncertain. 

The situation of Media And Political Liberty in Bangladesh is downward. There was no improvement in human rights in 2020 if compared with the previous year’s statistics.

Report Of UK Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Affairs 

The UK Office of Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs prepared a report on many issues of Bangladesh. This report reveals that the government is misusing the Digital Security Act (DSA). Human Rights and Democracy Report 2020 further reports that the government is trying to suppress criticism over its Covid-19 responses and increased women’s rape cases. 

Local Human Rights Group’s Findings

Local human rights groups have some numbers of government-backed violence operations. In which they claim 225 extra-judicial killings. Mainly they consisted of crossfires and some of them were cases of illegal torture. In August police killed a retired army officer. Public outraged by that incident. And somehow now extra-judicial killings are dropped.

Forced Missing person cases are rising in Bangladesh. According to local sources, there are 31 cases of missing persons currently reported. Last year 218 death sentences were handed down. Said figure for it was 327 in 2019.

Media Freedom Is All Time Low

The situation of Media liberty is recorded all-time low. Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index indicated a drop-down in Bangladesh’s ranking. 151 out of 180 was the country’s ranking. It’s an all-time low.  This year has seen 198 cases on 451 individuals on account of DSA laws. 

The government charged 41 journalists. And arrested 32 of them.

The government is strictly securing the rights of Ahmadiyya and other minorities. And for that reason, it is using section 28(2) of the DSA. That consisted of hurting religious sentiments.

Bangladesh is severely lacking strong laws against rape crimes. The local human rights group’s figures are that 1627 rape cases were registered the said year. 

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