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SAARC

HUMAN RIGHTS

2006

REPORT

SAARC HUMAN RIGHTS 2006 REPORT INDIA SRI LANKA PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH ASIAN CENTRE
SAARC HUMAN RIGHTS 2006 REPORT INDIA SRI LANKA PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH ASIAN CENTRE

INDIA

SRI

LANKA

PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH

MALDIVES

PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH

NEPAL

PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH

BHUTAN

PAKISTAN MALDIVES NEPAL BHUTAN BANGLADESH

BANGLADESH

ASIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

2006

A REPORT

A RIGHTS

HUMAN

ASIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

edited by:

Suhas Chakma

SAARC Human Rights Report 2006

Edited by:

Suhas Chakma Director, Asian Centre for Human Rights

Published by:

Asian Centre for Human Rights C-3/441-C, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058 INDIA Phone/Fax: +91 11 25620583, 25503624 Website: www.achrweb.org Email: suhaschakma@achrweb.org

First published 2006

© Asian Centre for Human Rights, 2006. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without prior permission of the publisher.

Photos:

Courtesy -

India (The Tribune, India, 26 April 2005 at http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050426/punjab.htm) Sri Lanka (http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1469/r28473599251cy.jpg) Pakistan (BBC News, 3 March 2005 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4315491.stm) Maldives (Minivannews.com; http://www.minivannews.com/photos/12-13/pages/bf%20(24)_jpg.htm) Nepal (Kantipur Online, Nepal at http://www.kantipuronline.com/admin/nepfrontimg/kpr2005-7-25.jpg) Bhutan (http://ec.europa.eu/echo/images/photos/nepal/nepal_01.jpg) Bangladesh (http://www.albd.org/newsletter/2004/hartal_women_torture.jpg)

ISBN : 81-88987-15-8

Price Rs. 745/-

SAARC Human Rights Report 2006

Table of Contents

Preface

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1. SAARC Human Rights Violators Index 2006

 

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Bhutan: Rank 2nd

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Nepal: Rank 3rd

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Maldives: Rank 4th

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Pakistan: Rank 5th

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India: Rank 7th

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2. Bangladesh

 

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II. Political freedom

 

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III. Human rights violations by the security forces

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b. Torture

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c. Arbitrary arrest under Section 54

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d. Arrest under false charges for quick promotion

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IV. Judiciary and administration of justice

 

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V. Status of National Human Rights Institutions

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VI. Repression on human rights defenders

 

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VII. Freedom of the press

 

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VIII. Violations of the rights of indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

 

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IX. Violations of the rights of minorities

 

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X. Violations of the prisoners' rights

 

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XII. Violations of the rights of the child

 

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