Protecting the environment during armed conflict: fragilities in the provisions of international humanitarian law

Abstract War is a common phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. It causes not only human sufferings and crippling injuries on the battlefield but also extensive destruction and degradation of the environment. Some battlefields of the First and Second World Wars, for example, still remain unfit for cultivation or unsuitable for human habitation because of […]

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Bilkis Akter Hossain v. Government of Bangladesh, (1997) 17 BLD (HCD) 344 / 2 MLR 1997 113

Summary of the Case: FACTS: In 1997 four BNP leaders were arrested and detained. Dr. Khandakar Musharraf Hossain was one of them. He was detained, on the ground of delivering provocative speech, under the Special Powers Act, 1974. He was alleged to be a leader of the terrorists and also a provocateur and instigator of […]

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PROBING RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION: From ‘Charlie Hebdo’ to Bangladesh

The words ‘speech’ and ‘expression’ are often used interchangeably to serve the same legal purpose but in technical terms they are not the same. Freedom of expression is a much broader concept and it also covers the right to freedom of speech. Literally speech means to express one’s thoughts and feelings in the form of […]

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Miranda Rights: Feasibility of Practice in Bangladesh

The hardcore Hollywood Movie fans have watched that scene on silver screens countless times, where a police officer shouts these common phrases, ‘you have a right to remain silent’, ‘anything you say can be used against you in a court of law’, ‘you have a right to presence of an attorney’ and ‘if you cannot […]

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Sign Language and violation of Human Rights in Bangladesh

Have any of us ever wondered about living in a world with no sounds? A world without the sound of children giggling or melody of the drizzling rain. Think about a state of never-ending silence, a world where words bear no meaning. Can we, the fortunate ones, imagine the frustration of not being able to […]

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