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Shahbag: the mass awakening

Copyright: Arif Hafiz

Since the past few weeks, the youth in Bangladesh have been protesting against war criminals and demanding justice for the victims of 1971. Bangladeshi blogger Paula Aziz says, the movement is an awakening of the masses.

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27.02.2013 | 13:02

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The Butcher of Mirpur

In 1971, during Bangladesh’s war of independence, when Pakistani troops had laid siege on the city of Dhaka, one man allegedly gunned down 344 people and raped a young girl. He was Abdul Qader Molla, the man who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal on February 5 this year. Thousands of women and men have gathered to protest against the government’s decision in Shahbag in Dhaka and many more protest demonstrations are being organized abroad by non-resident Bangladeshis in a movement that may just redefine Bangladesh’s identity as a nation.

Date

15.02.2013 | 15:57

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Women’s rights groups slam Dhaka’s inaction

One year after the Bangladesh Supreme Court issued an order criticizing the government for failing to protect it citizens, there has not been a great deal of change, criticize women’s rights groups.

Last year in January, Hena Akhter, an adolescent Bangladeshi girl, received 100 lashes for an alleged affair with a married man. It had been ordered by a “shalish,” a makeshift village court, in Shariatpur district in the Dhaka Division. Six days later, the 14-year-old died in hospital. Before her punishment she had reported that she had been sexually abused.

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29.12.2011 | 20:52

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