After more than a year of a complete ban on political activities, the military-controlled government on Monday ‘conditionally’ relaxed the ban on political activities throughout the country.
The home ministry’s circular said that the government has relaxed the ban on meetings and gatherings by any political parties, individuals or organizations under certain conditions.
With the partial lifting of the ban, the political parties and social organizations are now allowed to carry out their activities on a limited scale throughout the country. In September 2007, the government allowed the political parties and other organizations to organize indoor meetings and gatherings, particularly for political purposes.
Monday’s circular said the metropolitan police commissioner concerned, district magistrate or upazila nirbahi officer, depending on the circumstances, must be informed 48 hours ahead of any such meeting, in which not more than 200 people can participate.
The organizers will have to obtain special permission from the authorities concerned in case there are more than 200 participants.