Article 1 of the Constitution declares Bangladesh to be ‘a unitary, independent, sovereign republic.’ The 1972 Constitution of Bangladesh ensured a secular nation but the Constitution was amended in 1988 with the 8th amendment which established Islam as the state religion. The Constitution stipulates ‘the principle of absolute trust and faith in Almighty Allah’ as one of the fundamental principles of state policy in the Preamble. However, Article 41 ensures that religions other than Islam may be practiced in peace and harmony in the Republic.
CEDAW Committee’s concluding comments on the initial report
Second Periodic Report
CEDAW Committee’s concluding comments on the second periodic report