Au Bangladesh, en dépit de lois édictées depuis 2002, les femmes sont toujours victimes d'agressions violentes et d'une discrimination contre leur sexe, explique The Daily Star, à Dacca.
Acid attacks against women and girls are continuing despite legal campaigns to halt their spread.
Press release: human rights defenders ask the High Court to explain why a university teacher was exonerated of sexual harassment.
"Bangladesh, whose population is 90 per cent Muslim, has a secular legal system but in matters related to inheritance and marriage Muslims follow Sharia law."
UN special rapporteur on people-trafficking, Sigma Huda, was arrested on 5 July in connection with a case of alleged extortion. She reportedly has potentially life-threatening heart and kidney conditions, and is not getting adequate treatment in prison.
UN officials are urging the authorities in Bangladesh to clarify the fate of a UN human rights expert prevented from leaving the country since mid-May.
The way Bangladesh's secular parties and leaders conduct politics is fuelling Islamist extremism and destabilising democracy, reports Delwar Hussain.
"Agency, Inequality and Human Rights" by Amartya Sen.
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