Journalists were increasingly persecuted for reporting corruption and criticizing the government’s COVID-19 policies. The draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) 2018 was widely enforced to curtail freedom of expression. Police and other law enforcement agencies continued to carry out extrajudicial executions. Violence against women increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Agreement remained stalled and a crackdown on Indigenous activists intensified. People’s right to health care was not adequately protected or fulfilled during the pandemic. Bangladesh continued to shelter nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar as little progress was achieved towards their safe, dignified return.
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Retains the death penalty in law
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