Violence returns as Bangladesh gears up for polls


Bangladesh has faced increasingly difficult human rights challenges in recent years, notes the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission:

The country’s decision to open its border to approximately 800,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing gross human rights violations in Burma has been applauded by the international community. On the other hand, the Bangladeshi government’s targeting of political opposition groups and proponents of free speech threatens to shutter civil society and increase extremism. With parliamentary elections only a few months away, political violence and a wide range of other human rights abuses are on the rise throughout the country.

At a forthcoming briefing, panelists will analyze the human rights situation within this complex environment and offer recommendations for what more the U.S. government and the international community can do to encourage Bangladesh to protect individual rights and freedoms and ensure that the upcoming elections are free and fair.

Elections and Human Rights in Bangladesh

Thursday, November 15, 2018

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Capitol Hill

Washington, DC.


John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch

Waris Husain, Policy Analyst, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Laura Bramon, Senior Program Manager, Child Protection and Education, World Vision US


Mona Dave, Senior Program Officer, Asia, National Endowment for Democracy

Opening Remarks

Rep. Randy Hultgren, Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

This briefing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Jamie Staley (for Mr. Hultgren) at (202-226-1516) or or Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or

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