Category: Bangladesh

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina slams starving migrants as ‘mentally sick’

A refugee from Bangladesh, who was rescued by the Myanmar navy, at a Muslim religious school used as a temporary refugee camp in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters Bangladesh has slammed thousands of starving migrants and asylum seekers stranded at sea, calling them “mentally sick” and accusing them of damaging the country’s image. “Side by side with the middlemen, punishment will have...

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HRW calls tanneries outlook bleak

On 19 May there is a rare chance for accountability for the massive health problems caused by Bangladesh’s toxic leather tanneries, reports the Human Rights Watch. It mentioned that the country’s High Court has summonsed the secretary of the Industries ministry to explain the ministry’s failure to relocate 150 or so leather tanneries out of Hazaribagh, a heavily populated, and...

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Malaysia and Bangladesh to hold talks on migrant crisis

Foreign ministers will meet Sunday to discuss issues related to illegal Bangladeshi and Muslim Arakan boat people World Bulletin / News Desk  Malaysia’s foreign minister has said he will meet his counterpart from Bangladesh Sunday to discuss the on-going humanitarian crisis occurring off Southeast Asian shores. Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has said that the meeting would discuss among other issues,...

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Please give us water: The desperate cries of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants adrift on boat turned away from Thailand

A wooden fishing boat carrying an estimated 400 Bangladeshi and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar is adrift in the Andaman Sea off the island of Koh Lipe. New York Times journalist Thomas Fuller said the migrants pleaded desperately as he and other journalists approached the boat, crying: “Please help us! I have no water! Please give me water!” (Christophe Archambault/AFP) (Christophe Archambault/AFP) (Christophe...

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1,600 Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants reach land; Indonesia sends 1 other boat to Malaysia

By MARGIE MASON and ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With food and clean water...

Unabated border killings

Eighteen unarmed Bangladeshis were reportedly killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the last three months. Furthermore, BSF had killed one Bangladeshi on April 23 and two on April 11 at the Jessore borders. At the last February meeting in New Delhi, Bangladesh Home Secretary raised the issue with his Indian counterpart to halt...

Fact Finding Mission to Rampal, Bangladesh, 5-11 April 2015, conducted by South Asians for Human Rights

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders across South Asia, conducted a fact finding mission in Rampal, Bangladesh on the establishment of a coal-based power plant by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Ltd from 5 — 11 April 2015. The mission was conducted by Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, Professor of Environmental Science of...

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Free speech under fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Two writers were hacked to death with machetes on the streets of this capital city during a six-week period this year. They were targeted for openly criticizing Islam, the country’s main religion, in their work and in Facebook commentary. Avijit Roy, a dual citizen of Bangladesh and the United States, was murdered on the evening of Feb....

Activists call for fresh assessment

Local and international rights activists on Sunday demanded a comprehensive and scientific Environmental Impact Assessment on the country’s 1,320 megawatt Rampal coal-based power plant. They also said, at a press conference, that if the EIA found the project to be harmful to the Sundarbans it must be cancelled and relocated to another site. The conference was organised by ‘South Asians...

BANGLADESH: International Crisis Group on Bangladesh’s Political Crisis

Published in The South Asia Citizens Web on Feb. 10 :: Mapping Bangladesh’s Political Crisis EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On 5 January, the first anniversary of the deeply contested 2014 elections, the most violent in Bangladesh’s history, clashes between government and opposition groups led to several deaths and scores injured. The confrontation marks a new phase of the deadlock between the ruling...