“Everyone is not an expert on forced disappearances. We have to make sure no clue is left behind,” the Rapid Action Battalion officer has been quoted as saying.
A draft Bill in Bangladesh that has been criticised for creating ‘second-class’ citizens is similar to current policy in India and proposed laws in Pakistan.
The collapse of a trial in Canada about alleged corruption in the World Bank-funded construction of Bangladesh’s Padma bridge doesn’t mean what the government wants us to think.
Given that it is in effect state sanctioned, the ‘festival of writing’ will not see discussions on the restrictive and censorious environment Bangladeshi writers are forced to work in.
While her congratulatory letter to Donald Trump may simply be a reflection of ‘diplomatic necessity’ rather than any ‘genuine conviction’ for him, Sheikh Hasina is likely relieved that Hillary Clinton did not win the US presidential election.
The British High Commission confirmed that Yasin Mohammad Abdus Samad Talukder was detained in July, shortly after the Bangladeshi police accused him of having links to Islamic militants, but authorities have denied any involvement in his detention.
The government’s apparent success in recent months in killing and detaining many alleged Islamic militants increasingly comes at the cost of the rule of law and due process.
If the three men secretly picked up and detained by the Bangladesh government are released it won’t have anything to do with the demands being made by opposition and civil society.
Why were Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem and Hummam Quader Chowdhury, both sons of opposition leaders, secretly picked up by law enforcement authorities?
Hasnat’s family wonders if the British High Commission would have been more adept if Hasnat had not been Muslim or Bengali.
Tahmid Hasib Khan and Hasnat Reza Karim are caught in a turf war between different law enforcement and intelligence agencies as the government tries to justify the month-long detainment of the two men.
People have been arrested simply because they belong to rival political parties, without evidence that they have committed any offences. This is the real link that ties the post-election violence in 2015 and the alleged ‘plot to kill’ the prime minister’s son.
Islamic militant groups have re-organised themselves in the context of the new realities of social media, deep political divisions within the country and the demands of global jihadist organisations.
US Department of Justice documents reveal that Rizve Ahmed was also seeking Robert Lustyik’s help in getting “charges dropped” against an opposition politician, thought to be BNP leader Tarique Rahman.
Given that Sajeeb Wazed has already asserted that Shafik Rehman was directly involved in the plot to kidnap and kill him, it is difficult to see how the police can walk back from the path set out for it.
US court findings conflict directly with the basis of the criminal case that led to the arrest in Dhaka last Saturday of the prominent journalist Shafik Rehman.
The attacks on members of Bangladesh’s civil society illustrate how the authorities are seeking to avenge perceived “past misdeeds,” and take any action required to remove or weaken alternative power bases in the country.
Dhaka: A former caretaker prime minister and the chairperson of a leading media group are amongst a group of four witnesses from Pakistan urging the Bangladesh courts to allow them to testify on behalf of an opposition leader who is facing the death sentence for crimes against humanity […]