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Amnesty International: Resist pressure to push for death sentences at war crimes tribunal

The Bangladesh government must not let a proposed new legal amendment lead to a push for death sentences for those convicted in its ongoing war crimes tribunal, Amnesty International said. Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) was set up in 2010 to try people suspected of crimes under international law, including genocide, war crimes and crimes […]

The USDA has made four upward revisions to the 2012-13 rice production forecast this month. Bangladesh’s rice production this year is now expected to reach about 34 million tons, up about 200,000 tons from the previous month’s forecast, mainly due to improvement in yield. Rice production forecast for Nepal has also been increased by about […]

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Some recent political developments indicate the possibility of delay in the elections. Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders have expressed their concern and apprehension in this regard. It is generally feared that, in the name of purging the system of undesirable and corrupt elements, perhaps, the so-called Bangladesh Model is going to be tried in […]

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We have been observing this great outpouring of young people in the square with candle lights, placards, bandanas chanting “death to Kader Mollah”, “blood wanted; blood wanted”, “hang war criminals” and “ban Jamaat, Shibir”. Many observers were watching this scene and trying analyzing it in perspective. We will also try to do it here in […]

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A huge protest in the capital against an Islamist party and its leaders THEY are the biggest rallies in Bangladesh for at least two decades. Hundreds of thousands of protesters gather peacefully each day in Dhaka, the capital, demanding vengeance against a bearded political figure, Abdul Quader Mollah. Their numbers swell daily: ordinary people furious […]

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Anu Muhammad The Shahbag protest, demanding the death sentence for the war criminals of 1971’s independence war, began on February 5, 2013. The protest welcomed diverse groups, despite their distinct identities and, through its inclusive nature, demonstrated that the sun is finally rising on Bangladesh. It appears that things are slowly beginning to change in […]

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Shafi Huq “My simple appeal is that do not allow blind nationalism and mistaken perceptions to lead you to deny even the most fundamental rights of your fellow citizens.” This was the last advice of Mohammad Afzal, a Kashimiri Muslim, while on death row. He was accused of being involved in India’s parliament blasts and […]

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William Gomes #Shahbag is a stereotype of a movement for a select few… (YORK, UK) – Bangladesh badly needs reorganization of the industrial, economic life and consequently also of the entire structure of society. Bangladesh has root and reasons for a bottom-up, social revolution, which will reorganize all of society. People of Bangladesh are sandwiched […]

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Blogger and activist community in Bangladesh has brought a spark to the current youth generation, they revived the movement of 1971 to the juveniles and their stand for patriotism. A protest without violence, a protest without interference of political power, a protest by the common man of Bangladesh. The protest arose when the judiciary of […]

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