Bangladesh: Information on the transitory provisions covering charges filed before the expiration of the anti-terrorist act; and on whether a complaint is still valid if an individual is not brought to trial within 145 days and what happens to such an individual
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BGD21582.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bangladesh: Information on the transitory provisions covering charges filed before the expiration of the anti-terrorist act; and on whether a complaint is still valid if an individual is not brought to trial within 145 days and what happens to such an individual, 1 August 1995, BGD21582.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab0ea4.html [accessed 20 May 2013]|
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Information on these subjects could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, the following information may be of interest.
According to Country Reports 1994, the government allowed the Suppression of Terrorist Offences Bill of 1992, better known as the Anti-terrorism Act, to expire in November 1994 (1995, 1207). According to the Amnesty International (AI) attachment, the bill expired 5 November 1994 (1995, 68). Page 1207 of Country Reports 1994 provides some statistics on arrests made under this Act before its expiration and states that the government has "introduced legislation of dispose of those  cases [still pending]." The AI attachment also refers to an ordinance "provided for completion of prosecutions already begun under the [Suppression of Terrorist Activities] Act" (1995, 68). Information on this new legislation could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Amnesty International (AI). 1995. Amnesty International Report 1995. New York: Amnesty International USA.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994. 1995. United States Department of State, Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.
Agence France Presse (AFP). 3 July 1995. "Amnesty International Accuses Bangladesh of Violating Human Rights." (NEXIS)
Amnesty International (AI). 1995. Amnesty International Report 1995. New York: Amnesty International USA, pp. 67-69.
The Xinhua News Agency. 11 October 1994. "Dhaka Decides Not to Extend Anti-Terrorist Act." (NEXIS)
Additional Sources Consulted
Asiaweek [Hong Kong]. Weekly. September 1994 to present.
Asian Survey [Berkeley, Calif.]. Monthly. 1995.
_____. February 1995. Vol. 35, No. 2. Golam Hossain. "Bangladesh in 1994: Democracy at Risk."
DIRB "Amnesty International: Bangladesh" country file.
DIRB "Bangladesh" country file. September 1994 to present.
DIRB Indexed Media Review [Ottawa]. Weekly. September 1994 to present.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. 1994 to May 1995.
The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics [London]. November 1994. Vol. 32, No. 3. Nizam U. Ahmed. "Parliamentary Politics in Bangladesh."
News from Asia Watch.
Office of Asylum Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States. December 1994. Bangladesh: Comments on Country Conditions and Asylum Claims.
Refugees, Immigration and Asylum Section (RIAS), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. July 1994. Country Profile: Bangladesh.
On-line search of media sources.
Note on oral sources:
Oral sources are usually contacted when documentary sources have been exhausted. However, oral sources must agree to be quoted in a publicly available Response to Information Request. If they refuse, the Response will read "no information currently available." Contacting oral sources is also subject to time constraints; for example, there are periods of the year when academics are unavailable.