Bangladesh's ruling Awami League (AL) has consolidated political power through sustained harassment of the opposition and those perceived to be allied with it, as well as of critical media and voices in civil society. Corruption is a serious problem, and anticorruption efforts have been weakened by politicized enforcement. Due process guarantees are poorly upheld and security forces carry out a range of human right abuses with near impunity. The threat posed by Islamist extremists has receded since 2016, when the government enacted a harsh crackdown that saw the arrest of some 15,000 people.
Freedom in the World — Bangladesh Country Report
Bangladesh is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
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Freedom on the Net — Bangladesh Country Report
Bangladesh is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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December 2, 2019
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November 19, 2018
A Grim Reality for Internet Freedom in Asia opens in new tab
November 7, 2018
Bangladesh Should Legalize SIM Cards for Rohingya Refugees opens in new tab
February 20, 2018
UNHRC: Investigate Writer and Activist Murders in Bangladesh opens in new tab
May 3, 2016
Call on Secretary Kerry to Grant Humanitarian Parole for Threatened Bangladeshi Bloggers and Publishers opens in new tab
December 22, 2015