Bangladesh Orders Arrest of Former PM Zia
A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in connection with two corruption cases after she failed to appear in court.
Her lawyers argued she was concerned about safety due to ongoing unrest in Bangladesh, and that she has been confined to her office.
Ms. Zia has been charged with illegally buying land for a charity named after her late husband, former President Ziaur Rahman.
She has said the charges are politically motivated. Her party boycotted parliamentary elections last month, and she has called on her supporters to enforce a nationwide transportation ban as part of an effort to topple current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The tensions between the two main parties in Bangladesh led to protests and violence that has killed about 100 people.
Amnesty International: 2014 Was a Catastrophic Year for Millions
The year 2014 was a "catastrophic" one for millions of people around the world, a human rights watchdog group said Wednesday.
In its annual human rights report, Amnesty International said millions of civilians were killed from Syria to Ukraine, Gaza to Nigeria, while the number of displaced people around the world exceeded 50 million last year for the first time since the end of World War II.
The report accused world governments of failing to protect civilians from violence by states and armed groups.
Shetty, Secretary-General, Amnesty International said:"The main point that we are making in our report is that the response from the international community and those who could potentially stop this from continuing has been dismal, in fact shameful. And we are making some clear calls on what the world can do to reverse the situation and improve the protection that civilians deserve.''
Amnesty said armed groups committed abuses in at least 35 countries in 2014, and called the rise of the Islamic State militant group a particular concern.
The report accused Islamic State of committing widescale war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions that targeted minorities, and subjecting hundreds of women and girls to sexual abuse.
Amnesty singled out the United Nations Security Council for criticism, saying the five permanent council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - "consistently abused" their veto right to "promote their political self-interest" above that of protecting civilians.
The group is urging the five states to give up their right to veto action in cases where genocide and other mass killings are being committed.