Full report is available here in HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN BANGLADESH- 2021

According to collected data from prominent national dailies and
HRSS investigation reports, a total of 96 people were reportedly
extra-judicially killed in 2021. Of them, 50 were killed in the name of
‘crossfire/ so called gunfights/in fights’, 05 tortured to death, 36 shot
to death and 05 were died in the custody in a total of 68 incidents.
At the same time, about 48 persons were reportedly died in prison.
Moreover, a total of 08 persons have been ‘disappeared’ by the LEAs
(i.e., remained missing for at least 72 hours) in 06 incidents. Out of
them, one was returned home, 05 were shown arrested and the
remaining two still unknown.
On the other hand, a total of 1833 females were raped in 2021.
Among them, 786 victims were adults whereas alarmingly 1047
were children under the age of 18. It’s a grave concern that 296 have
been victim of gang-raped, 48 were brutally killed after being raped
and 14 were committed suicide for rape. Approximately, 159
incidents of dowry-related violence were reported, where 42 were
killed, 04 committed suicide and 113 women physically abused over
dowry demand. A total of 237 girls and women were reportedly
victims of sexual harassment and another 280 girls and women were
victim of attempt to rape. In the meantime, 04 girls and women
were killed and 24 injured in 21 incidents of acid violence. It is also
alarming that in a total of 1725 violent incidents against children
were reported in 2021, where 251 lost their lives and 1752 were
physically & mentally tortured and critically injured.
Moreover, it has been reported by HRSS that, a journalist was killed,
127 journalists were injured, 52 threatened, 20 arrested and 34 were
assaulted in nearly 173 incidents in 2021. Meanwhile, 178 people
were arrested, 510 accused and 217 cases filed in a total of 199
incidents of Digital Security Act 2018. HRSS has also observed the
incidents of attacks on minorities in 2021, where at least 189
temples and 161 houses were partially or fully destroyed.
Meanwhile, 03 minority members were killed, 101 were injured and
05 incidents of land grabbing occurred in a total of 78 incidents.
The HRSS report has also found, roughly 17 Bangladeshi citizens
have been killed, 10 injured, 04 shot and 30 persons arrested by BSF
(Indian Border Security Force) in a total of 38 incidents. Similarly, 22
Bangladeshi people were arrested by Myanmar Border Guard Police
On the otherhand, at least 154 people were died; approximately
5423 people injured and about 166 persons were sustained bullet
hit in a total of 647 incidents of election-related violence. Moreover,
at least 67 people were killed and 4522 people injured in political
violence. Whereas, around 4195 persons were victim of political
arrested; most of them are opposition political leaders and activists
in a total of 666 incidents of political arrest by LEAs.
It has also been reported that in 2021, in a total of 174 incidents of
inhuman torture and shooting by LEAs, 2488 people were injured,
325 hit by bullet and 89 people tortured in 2021. Meanwhile, 17
labour were killed, 201 injured and another 84 were shot in a total
of 47 incidents. At the same time, around 48 people were killed and
85 were injured in public lynching.
HRSS is deeply concerned about the degradation of human rights
conditions in the country. It urges all human rights organizations as
well as common citizens to raise their voice to protect and promote
human rights in Bangladesh.