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Day: January 9, 2015

HRW slams govt for gagging opposition, media
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HRW slams govt for gagging opposition, media

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticised Bangladesh government’s steps towards “curbing” the activities of BNP, the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the media saying such censorship will inflame the already tense situation in the country. In a press release issued today, the global rights group said the government should immediately end “use of excessive force, stop arbitrary arrests of members of opposition parties, and lift restrictions on the media.” “The government’s indiscriminate use of force, arbitrary arrests, and censorship will only inflame an already tense situation,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities have an obligation to protect the public, but need to do it in a way that doesn’t throw human rights and the rule of law out the window...