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Trial of politicians allegedly involved in crimes during the country’s 1971 liberation war has led to weeks of protest. Bangladesh continues to face political and social unrest, as leaders of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami political party are on trial accused of involvement in murder and other atrocities during country’s liberation war in 1971. Tens of thousands […]

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By Jason Motlagh A young girl’s call pierces through the din of the packed square. Like the macabre billboards that loom above featuring bearded old men in nooses, and the blood red headbands worn by scores of participants, her demands are direct and full-throated: “Hang the war criminals and long live Bangladesh!” The fact that she […]

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By Julien Bouissou SATKHIRA – In the district of Padmapukur, a few dozen kilometers from the Bay of Bengal, tin shacks balance delicately on scraps of land coming out of the sea, like makeshift boats lost in the middle of the ocean. Only children, women, old people and the severly handicapped still live in the homes […]

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  Hundreds converged at Dhaka’s Shahbagh square on Tuesday as the protesters continued their movement demanding death penalty for the 1971 war criminals for the 15th straight day, the Daily Star reported. The protesters, popularly known as Projonmo Chottor, chanted revolutionary slogans and rendered the national anthem early on Tuesday, the report said. On Monday, […]

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Protester killed during strike after government amends law to allow retrial of politicians charged with war crimes. Bangladesh continues to face political and social unrest over trial of opposition Jamaat-e-Islami leaders accused of involvement in murder and other atrocities during country’s liberation war in 1971. Police on Monday shot dead a protester in demonstrations in eastern Bangladesh […]

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By SYED ZAIN AL-MAHMOOD DHAKA, Bangladesh—Protesters who have thronged the streets of Bangladesh’s capital for two weeks welcomed the government’s move to seek harsher punishments for war criminals, but vowed to continue agitating until the nation’s largest Islamist party is banned. President Zillur Rahman on Monday signed a law that will allow prosecutors to appeal […]

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Two people were killed in Dhaka and Comilla Monday as Jamaat-Shibir activists took to the streets and clashed with law enforcers to enforce a countrywide hartal (shutdown). Jamaat claimed the Comilla victim was its activist while the details about the Dhaka victim, aged 32, could not be known immediately. Office-goers defied the hartal, buses plied […]

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By Arun Devnath The biggest Islamic party in Bangladesh said the government’s decision to strengthen the powers of a war crimes tribunal risked plunging the country into anarchy and vowed to enforce a nationwide strike. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed yesterday enabled the International Crimes Tribunal to punish any organization whose members carried out crimes […]

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Several people have threatened bdnews24.com after an overwhelming number of readers supported a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami in a regular opinion poll. The unidentified callers said the online poll was being “manipulated”. “What you are doing is not right,” said one of them late Sunday night. “He was clearly threatening,” said a Deputy News Editor, […]

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Change follows 13 days of protests demanding death penalty for prominent Islamist given life sentence by war crimes tribunal Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law allowing the state to appeal against the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings and rape during the 1971 war for independence. Tens of […]

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Dhaka: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina indicated on Saturday she would back a ban on the country’s largest Islamic party, as tens of thousands of people joined the funeral of an anti-Islamist blogger. Hasina said after a meeting with the mourning relatives of Ahmed Rajib Haider that the Jamaat-e-Islami party, whose members are suspected in […]

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By Anis Ahmed Feb 17 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s parliament, meeting the demands of protesters thronging the capital, amended a law on Sunday allowing the state to appeal any verdict in war crimes trials it deems inadequate and out of step with public opinion. Tens of thousands of demonstrators jamming central Shahbag Square for the 13th […]

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