London, Wednesday, August 7. Bangladesh Ministers and other senior figures from the Government, Navy and emergency response services will meet representatives of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) in Dhaka next week to discuss mass rescue operations on or near…

Why are some teachers so unkind and so cruel to children?

Corporal punishment is linked to cancer and a multitude of health maladies, massive school drop-outs, mood and anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, obesity, wife-beatings, muggings and other social misbehavior. Research has also shown that its stress…

Hamid Mir: A rose not to be taken

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir’s recent article in daily Jang, asking for the release of Ghulam Azam, the Bangladesh mastermind of ‘71 war crimes, appeared as a surprise gift for those who witnessed Mir’s photo session in front of Islamabad Press…

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, said that Bangladesh was a ‘basket case’ an ungovernable and chaotic nation with little prospect of succeeding into a viable nation state. He was wrong, flatly wrong; however there…

Non Resident Bangladeshi Professionals (UK) met the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Nick Clegg

Non Resident Bangladeshi Professionals (UK), led by its Convenor Dr Debasish Kar, met the Deputy Prime Minister Right Honourable Mr Nick Clegg on Friday, the 10th of May 2013, in his constituency office in Sheffield.

The meeting was to update him on the current political situation in Bangladesh, in particular, the heinous acts of terrorism carried out by Jammat and their allies since the trial of the war criminals began. Discussion took place on the recent Dhaka seize programme of Hefazote Islami and the 18 party alliance led by the BNP and the circumstances under which the law enforcing agencies had to use force to disperse the crowd to restore peace and tranquility and to protect the country’s economic hub. They also discussed the major points of ‘Hefojate- Islami’ and their allies’ 13 points demand. It was also noted how the extremist fundamentalist forces terrorising the minority ethnic groups and destroying their places of worship while they are demanding implementation of ‘Blasphemy Law’ for expressing views against their own religious faith.

Legal Framework of the ICT and Due Process standards

This post outlines the basic legal framework of the International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh), its institutions, personnel, its processes, standards and fair trial attributes. Pro-71 activists may find this piece useful in addressing and countering some of the misconceptions and criticisms surrounding the ICT’s process. Prepared as an introductory part of a more detailed paper by International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF), the paper is scheduled to be released in March-April 2013 prior to the annual meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Walking for Justice

A nation started walking in 1971. The country, Bangladesh creed for justice for 42 years. After all these years finally the time has arrived. International Crimes Tribunals (ICT) Bangladesh was set up in 2009 to try the collaborators who helped Pakistani army to commit crimes against humanity.

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