Information from 1992 to the present on the Jatiya Sramik League (affiliated with the Jatiya Party), especially on its leaders, political and union activities, its aims; on whether it was involved in political strikes and demonstrations; and if so, whether these activities resulted in violent confrontation with the authorities or other political groups or unions [BGD23343.E]

Information on the Jatiya Sramik League is scarce among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

According to the attached United Press International (UPI) article of 3 September 1995, the Jatiya Sramik League is the "workers wing of the Awami League." This article discusses a violent confrontation which occurred when supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) fired on demonstrators at an Awami League rally that took place at the end of a 32-hour strike (ibid.).

The attachment from the Trade Unions of the World 1992-1993 provides brief background information on the Bangladesh Jatiyo Sramik League. General information on trade unions can also be found in this source, Country Reports for 1993 to 1995, and in Response to Information Request BGD21351.EX of 6 October 1995. These last two publications are available at Regional Documentation Centres.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


United Press International (UPI). 3 September 1995. BC Cycle. "Three Killed in Bangladeshi Violence." (NEXIS)


Trade Unions of the World 1992-1993. 1991. 3rd edition. Revised and updated by Martin Upham. London: Longman Group UK, pp. 32-36.

United Press International (UPI). 3 September 1995. BC Cycle. "Three Killed in Bangladeshi Violence." (NEXIS)

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Amnesty International Report. Yearly. 1993, 1994, 1995.

Bangladesh: A Country Study. 1989.

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Critique: Review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Yearly. 1993, 1994, 1995.

Documentation, Information and Research Branch (DIRB), Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa. November 1995. Contextual Information Package: Bangladesh.

_____. November 1995. Human Rights Information Package: Bangladesh.

_____. May 1994. Bangladesh: Political Parties and Political Violence.

_____. "Amnesty International: Bangladesh" country file. 1992 to present.

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Human Rights in Developing Countries Yearbook 1995. 1995. Steinar Ashvik, "Bangladesh."

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Office of Asylum Affairs (OAA), Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States. December 1994. Bangladesh: Comments on Country Conditions and Asylum Claims.

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Refugees, Immigration and Asylum Section (RIAS), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. July 1994. Country Profile: Bangladesh.

State of Human Rights in Bangladesh [Dhaka]. Yearly. 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995. Dhaka: Coordinating Council for Human Rights in Bangladesh, Dhaka.

Tepper, Elliot. May 1992. Human Rights in Bangladesh.

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On-line search of media sources.