Bangladesh’s dozens of Islamic political parties must drop Islam from their name and stop using religion when on the campaign trail following a court ruling, the country’s law minister said on Monday. The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld an earlier ruling by the High Court from 2005 throwing out the fifth amendment of the constitution, which had allowed religion-based politics to flourish in the country since the late 1970s. “All politics based on religion are going to be banned as per the original constitution,” Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said.

Catherine Makino interviews leading Bangladeshi human rights activist Sultana Kamal.
Newspaper article to be published on 3 September 2009 – International Day for CEDAW.
The High Court today issued a Rule Nisi today on the Government and the Inspector General of Police as follows:
The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has received information and requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Bangladesh.
The High Court gave a landmark judgment today in the first application of its Sexual Harassment Guidelines pronounced on 14 May.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the number of seats reserved for women in Bangladesh parliament would be raised from 45 at present.
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.
There are many laws that are still discriminatory towards women and even those laws that do protect women are not enforced properly.
Acid attacks against women and girls are continuing despite legal campaigns to halt their spread.
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