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  • Bangladesh: Five key takeaways from Tarique Siddique’s “vendetta”0

    Republished from Bangladesh Politico 28 June 2019 (First reported in Bangladesh Politico, which is now blocked in Bangladesh) The story about what has happened to Colonel (rtd) Shahid Khan over the last fourteen months published on this blog (and previously by Al Jazeera) says a lot about contemporary Bangladesh – the impunity, the links between politics

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  • Judicial independence, media freedom and Sheikh Hasina0

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Bangladesh Politico This is a story about a recorded conversation that says a lot about judicial independence and media freedom in Bangladesh – or the lack thereof. Bangladesh’s justice system is based upon an important fiction. It is a fiction not  uncommon to many authoritarian governments. This is the idea that

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  • Bangladesh: How safe is the current Awami League government?0

    • Blog
    • February 9, 2019

    Why hold a free and fair election which you risk losing, when you can rig it to ensure certain victory, and get away with it?  This was clearly in the mind of the Awami League in Bangladesh which three weeks ago won 293 of the 300 parliamentary seats in what must be the country’s most

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  • Bangladesh: Government election narrative shredded by US, UK, EU0

    Bangladesh Politico 2 December 2019 The UK, EU and USA have all now issued statements concerning the Bangladesh elections which will concern the government as they accept that vote rigging took place and cutt across the government narrative that these were free and fair elections. Each statement calls for the complaints to be examined.  Opposition

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  • Bangladesh: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, anti-semitism and offensive posts2

    • Blog
    • October 22, 2018

    Monday, October 22, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, anti-semitism and offensive posts Sajeeb Wazed Joy is the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, one of her mother’s official advisers and, apparently, the governing party’s chief propagandist. Many of his articles and Facebook posts are full of falsehoods, lies and misrepresentations – see here aboutdisappearances, here

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  • Bangladesh: Falsification of police FIR against Shahidul (part two)0

    Monday, August 13, 2018 Falsification of police FIR against Shahidul (part two) This blog has  already written how the police significantly distorted its First Information Report written against Shahidul Alam – which sets out the rationale for his detention – claiming that he had stated sentences which he had never said, in fact just inventing sentences

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  • Bangladesh: European union’s limp response to mass extra judicial killings0

    Once again, European Union diplomats in Bangladesh have failed to take a firm position on the Bangladesh government’s egregious human rights record. On June 4, the EU heads of mission in Bangladesh, along with Norway, issued a ridiculously weak responseto the government’s policy of killing over hundred alleged drug traders. Instead of describing the deaths

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  • Satellite tender 2: BRTC manipulates tender evaluation0

    The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process that resulted in a small US company

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  • What Bangladesh media failed to publish about UK parliamentary report0

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018 If you only read Bangladesh newspapers, and news websites, you might think that the recent UK parliamentary report, “Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya Crisis” published by the select committee on international development was full of applause for Bangladesh. This was because all the newspapers which wrote about the report – including

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  • Bangladesh: Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s dictionary of new political terms1

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister has recently published not one but two extraordinary articles which not only denies that the country’s law enforcement authorities are involved in enforced disappearances – the picking up, secretly detaining and often killing of men in Bangladesh – but also that the

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  • Hasina, the ODI and human rights in Bangladesh0

    Is the reputable, and supposedly independent, Overseas Development Institute helping the Bangladesh government to enforce here in London the draconian restrictions that journalists experience in Bangladesh? And is it, in light of how ODI dealt with a question from a Channel Four News journalist at the meeting itself, protecting the prime minister from having to

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