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  1. Bangladesh - Human rights - Law, Act

    Digital Security Act, 2018. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2018-10-08 | BGD-2018-L-110029

    The Act is enacted to ensure National Digital Security and enact laws regarding Digital Crime Identification, Prevention, Suppression, Trial and other related matters.

    Of note: the Act includes a jail sentence of up to 14 years for any "propaganda or campaign against liberation war, cognition of liberation war, father of the nation, National Anthem or National Flag" (Section 21). Section 31(1) provides that a person may be jailed for up to 10 years if the "destroy any communal harmony or create unrest or disorder".

  2. Bangladesh - Human rights - Law, Act

    Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act, 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-10-24 | BGD-2013-L-95798

    The law stipulates that the police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Customs, Immigration, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intelligence agencies, Ansar & VDP, Coast Guard and other public servants cannot extract confessional statement through torture.

    The law says any custodian torturing a detainee would be liable of committing offences defined under the law. Again, any person attempting to commit, aiding and abetting to commit, or conspiring to commit an offence must be considered an offender.

    According to the new law, for any death in custody, the custodian would be awarded with rigorous life imprisonment or a fine of Tk100,000. In addition, they must compensate family members of the affected with Tk200,000.

  3. Bangladesh - Human rights - Law, Act

    Press Council Act, 1974 (Act No. XXV of 1974).

    Adoption: 1974-02-14 | BGD-1974-L-76404

    Establishes a Press Council for the purpose of preserving the freedom of the press and maintaining and improving the standard of newspapers and news agencies.

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