March 23, 2017

Tag Archives: Sheikh Hasina

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Bangladesh’s Democracy Sinks into the Mire

Prime Minister Hasina Wajid's confrontational politics has created more political fissure for Bangladesh than its budding democracy can afford. (Photo via Asia Society, Creative Commons License)

Bangladesh's government is unlikely to treat the unrest as a political crisis and call fresh elections. Given this, both ruling parties must do what they can to avoid further political turmoil in Bangladesh by taking the initiative to pull back from their own dogmatic positions and to restrain violence by embarking on a dialogue to overcome the challenges facing the country because of democratic paralysis and systemic violence. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Rohingya Camps — Promise or Peril?

Unregistered Rohingya refugees discuss the various rumors of their relocation that they have heard. (Photo by Mushfique Wadud/IRIN)

Bangladesh's decision to move two camps housing some 30,000 Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Details of Dhaka’s plans remain murky and distrust high as resident Rohingyas have faced decades of ill-treatment in Bangladesh. Read More »

Bangladesh: Part-time Peacekeepers

The vulnerability of the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is stark: an Asian Development Bank study in 2010 found that average income in the region was 40% less than the national average in a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. (Photo by EU - photo by EC/ECHO/Pierre Prakash, Creative Commons License)

The Bangladesh Army’s record in the Chittagong Hill Tracts belies its prominence in UN peacekeeping missions. Read More »

Questioning Bangladesh’s Iconic Number

(Photo via smilingbangladesh.org)

On April 17, the Bangladesh’s War Crimes Tribunal initiated contempt proceedings against the Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for, among other matters, questioning the death toll from the country’s 1971 war. In the following article, Mr. Bergman explains why journalists and scholars should be able to question this figure.   Is the Bangladesh government’s official figure of three million a fair estimate ... Read More »