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In Bangladesh, the flawed path to accountability

DAVID BERGMAN Instead of the death penalty, the protesters at Shahbag should be demanding fair trials for those accused of war crimes in 1971 A peaceful mass secular protest involving people from all walks of life, spearheaded by a tech savvy young generation, apparently independent from political parties, seeking accountability for war crimes committed in […]

Three people have been killed in Bangladesh after demonstrators protesting against the death sentence on an Islamist party leader clashed with police for a third day running. Delwar Hossain Sayeedi was sentenced on Thursday on charges including murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in 1971. Since then, at least 46 people have […]

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Kolkata, Mar 2 (IANS) Observing that the Shahbag protests in Dhaka demanding the death penalty for alleged war criminals was inhuman, Muslim religious and rights groups here Saturday urged the Bangladeshi government to allow the accused a fair trial. “The Shahbag protests are inhuman as the protestors have been demanding death penalty. The Bangladesh government […]

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An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked the entire north-east India and adjoining Bangladesh on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported, officials said. According to a seismologist in Shillong, the quake was felt around 7.01 a.m. in most parts of the north-east region and neighbouring Bangladesh, and its epicentre lay along the India-Bangladesh […]

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Nur Jahan , Chittagong We commend the young generation as they could unite the people on the war crime trial issue. They have pressed for bringing war crimes charges against Jamat-e-Islami and issued ultimatum to the government to initiate legal process to ban the party by March 26, 2013. We thank the youths for putting […]

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By Amy Kazmin Violence erupted in Bangladesh on Friday, in the second day of clashes after a senior Islamist political leader was sentenced to death for “crimes against humanity” committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. At least 52 people have been killed in unrest since Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a vice-president of […]

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Integrating coastal aquaculture with wet rice farming could boost Bangladesh’s food security and combat climate change By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a report. The approach promises more nutritious food without causing environmental damage, and has the potential for a […]

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I have been wondering about the correct frame of reference for the Projonmo Chottor movement. Although comparisons have been made to Tahrir and Occupy, I think there is a more apt comparison that is closer, both temporally and spatially. It is the anti-corruption movement in India last year, led by Anna Hazare. Shahbag crowd are […]

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“Had it not been for the protests, now we would all be focusing on next year’s elections and looking at the government’s record in office and the opposition’s pledges,” said Zafar Sobhan, editor of the Dhaka Tribune, an English daily. “Now, all bets are off and elections seem a distant concern. It is hard to see how […]

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WASHINGTON: The United States called for calm Friday after dozens were killed in clashes that erupted in Bangladesh when a senior Islamist leader was convicted for crimes in the 1971 war of independence. “We’re saddened by the loss of life during protests across Bangladesh,” said State Department deputy acting spokesman Patrick Ventrell. “While engaging in […]

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Five students of North South University, nabbed by police, have confessed to murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, Detective Branch spokesperson Monirul Islam said in a briefing.  The five said they murdered the blogger-architect on directions of a Islami Chhatra Shibir activist, the detectives said on Saturday. “They said killing Rajib was their Iman (religious) obligations,” Islam […]

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