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Bangladesh: 1. Were there any laws for formal adoption in Bangladesh in 1973? 2. RRT research response BGD31681 indicates that the existing adoption laws were repealed in 1982 and were not replaced. This indicates that there may have been formal laws in place before then. What were these laws and what steps did the parties need to take to have a valid adoption? 3. If there was no formal adoption in 1973, would customary adoption have allowed for paternal uncles to adopt their deceased brother's children? 4. If so what evidence did the parties need to produce?

27 February 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Please update on the situation for Catholics in Dhaka. 2. Are there any reports to suggest that Christians (or Catholics) tend to support or be associated with the BNP or AL generally, or whether this might depend on local conditions? 3. Are there any reports of a Catholic community in Lalpur (village) or Sonapur (local area) of Noakhali; in particular, their size and whether they are long-established? 4. If so, is there any material to indicate their mistreatment or serious incidents? 5. Please update on the treatment of BNP ‘field workers' or supporters following the election of the AL Government. Any specific references to Dhaka or Noakhali would be useful.

25 February 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Please provide overview of the treatment of Catholics in Bangladesh generally - especially in recent years under the caretaker government - and any comment/analysis on the prospects under the new AL administration. 2. Please provide background on the Catholic community in Dhaka, including any incidents or concerns. 3. Please provide background on the Catholic community in Bonpara, in particular (a) its size and strength, and (b) whether Muslims have targeted members. 4. Please provide information on the Catholic Youth Commission. 5. Are there reports of Catholic Youth Commission members or persons associated with the Catholic Bishops Conference being targeted by Muslims?

17 February 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Is there any information indicating that the Rapid Action Battalion, or other security agencies, have continued to pursue members of the Awami League since the victory of the party at recent parliamentary elections?

13 February 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Please provide an overview of the events leading to the most recent general election held in Bangladesh, the election results, and any significant events following the election. 2. Please provide information on the current state of the two parties (BNP and AL), and the manner in which their respective candidates, members, and supporters conducted themselves in the 2 year period prior to the election, during the election, and the immediate aftermath of the election. Is there any information to indicate that BNP members and supporters have recently been subjected to intimidation, violence and mistreatment by members and supporters of the Awami League; is the situation likely to be different in cases of high profile BNP members? 3. Is there any information to indicate that BNP members and supporters have recently been subjected to intimidation, violence and mistreatment by the police or security forces; is the situation likely to be different in cases of high profile BNP members? 4. Please provide information on the recent situation in Dhaka for BNP members and supporters. 5. Has the nature and the level of political violence in Bangladesh changed? 6. Is there any information to suggest that false charges filed against political activists of one party by another party prior to the emergency rule are likely to have survived the political changes in Bangladesh over the last two years? 7. Is there any information to suggest that cases filed against a BNP activist filed prior to 2001 are likely to be pursued by the newly elected AL government or any of its organs?

19 January 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. What is the usual process for Muslims marrying in Bangladesh? 2. Does a Nikah Nama have the same legal status as a marriage certificate? Is it issued by the government? 3. Under Bangladeshi law is a Nikah Nama valid if the bride has not signed it? Can she appoint someone (eg a "wakil"/proxy) to sign on her behalf? 4. Does the bride have to sign the Nikah Nama in front of the Qazi? 5. Is there an order to the process eg does the bride have to sign the Nikah Nama before the groom?

7 January 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Please provide general information about the health system in Bangladesh. 2. Please provide information on the treatment of the elderly or disabled

6 January 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Are the mass round ups of political opponents that were taking place by the caretaker government in May/June 2008 still a feature of politics in Bangladesh in October 2008 or, have things settled down? 2. Elections were due to be held in Bangladesh in October 2008, but apparently they were postponed. When are they now due to be held?

20 October 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. Please provide information on the rights of spouses of South Korean citizens to reside in South Korea. 2. Please provide the name of the wards and seats covering the district of Gazipur and advise the names of the sitting members

20 August 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Bangladesh: 1. What evidence of harm to followers of Maijbandari sect from others because of their religious faith? 2. Is there any evidence that followers may be adversely treated in the Chittagong district?

18 August 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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