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  • Hasina’s broken promises and death with impunity

    In an article in The Diplomat on September 4, Brad Adams, the Asia director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), wrote about Bangladesh’s “crossfire” culture. This piece is particularly telling. He recounts meeting Sheikh Hasina in 2008 in London and her promise to end the extrajudicial…
  • Gas Pipeline Blast Kills 16 Praying at Bangladesh Mosque

    DHAKA, Bangladesh—An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh’s capital, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials said Saturday. The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Mosque…
  • Bangladesh’s deadly ‘crossfire’ plague

    Back in January 2015, Nuruzzaman Jonny, 30, general secretary of the Khilgaon unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was detained by the police Detective Branch in Dhaka. The next day his bullet-ridden body was discovered in a…
  • Rohingya refugees becoming Palestinians of Asia

    BANGKOK – Three years after images of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees streaming across Myanmar’s western border into Bangladesh shook the world, expectations that they will ever be repatriated are fading fast. With elections in Myanmar scheduled for November, no party that wants to…
  • The world is failing the Rohingya

    The brutality that began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on August 25, 2017, marked a crescendo in a decades-long, state-led campaign of physical and structural violence, discriminatory policies and practices, and dehumanizing hate speech targeting the Rohingya. In just a few weeks, the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s…
  • Indian official ‘very satisfied’ with Dhaka trip

    India’s foreign secretary said he was “very satisfied” with his two-day visit to Dhaka, the neighbouring country’s capital, where he sought to improve relations and keep China from getting a toehold in bilateral disputes. Harsh Vardhan Shringla said he conveyed a message from Prime Minister…