• Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 2016

    Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 20160

    Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 2016 An ‘Enforced Disappearance’ is defined in international law as an: “arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State…followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty…which place such a person outside the protection of the law.”In Bangladesh, disappearances result in three different

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  • UN demands Dhaka action on enforced disappearances0

    UN demands Dhaka action on enforced disappearances Group calls on government to reveal whereabouts of ‘kidnapped’ men whose opposition-activist fathers were executed. David Bergman Quasem, left, with Quasem Ali, a Jamaat-e-Islami member hanged in September [File: Al Jazeera] Dhaka, Bangladesh – A UN group has called on the Bangladesh government to “immediately reveal the whereabouts” of three sons of opposition

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  • How Ambassador Haqqani’s Confession Endorses Seymour Hersh’s Account Of Bin Laden’s Killing?

    How Ambassador Haqqani’s Confession Endorses Seymour Hersh’s Account Of Bin Laden’s Killing?0

    How Ambassador Haqqani’s Confession Endorses Seymour Hersh’s Account Of Bin Laden’s Killing?   By Nauman Sadiq March 14, 2017 In his March 10 article [1] for the Washington Post, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US at the time of Osama Bin Laden’s execution, Husain Haqqani, has confessed to his role in facilitating the assassination of Bin

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  • How Pashtun Insurgency Being Portrayed As Terrorism In Pakistan

    How Pashtun Insurgency Being Portrayed As Terrorism In Pakistan0

    How Pashtun Insurgency Being Portrayed As Terrorism In Pakistan   By Nauman Sadiq March 13, 2017 In Pakistan, there are three distinct categories of militants: the Afghan-centric Pashtun militants; the Kashmir-centric Punjabi militants; and the transnational terrorists, like al-Qaeda. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is mainly comprised of Pashtun militants, carries out bombings against Pakistan’s state

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  • WHY SAUDI ARABIA, CHINA AND ISLAMIC STATE ARE COURTING THE MALDIVES0

    WHY SAUDI ARABIA, CHINA AND ISLAMIC STATE ARE COURTING THE MALDIVES As Riyadh and Beijing nurture grandiose plans for military bases, New Delhi fears the archipelago could become a breeding ground for the terrorist group BY JAMES M. DORSEY 12 MAR 2017 Saudi King Salman welcomes the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to Riyadh in

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  • Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past0

    Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past Sathiya Moorthy,The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 12 March 2017 The problem is that the West does not have the courage to accept that were wrong on and in Sri Lanka If anything, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Sri

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  • UN Peacekeeping and Bangladesh0

    UN Peacekeeping and Bangladesh Krishna Kumar Saha Abstract UN Peacekeeping has never been so diversified before as it is right now. The nature and context of Peacekeeping missions of UN have changed several times. Also, it is no more of light footprint and truce supervision as it was before. Now it has become increasingly complex,

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  • India’s outlook on Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty0

    India’s outlook on Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty A study on Parliamentary Debates Trombay – Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Photo source: Wikipedia Susangit Kujur On November 29, 2009, India became one of the recognized nuclear power, after it joined the NonProliferation Treaty India’s new stand to be a nuclear weapon state within the NPT, has triggered a

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  • WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONFLICTS AND CRISES

    WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONFLICTS AND CRISES0

    WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONFLICTS AND CRISES By Adil Hamid lone LLM scholar at school of law Pondicherry University Sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings INTRODUCTION In armed conflict or political strife, violence against women takes severe forms. During the past decade, much international attention has been paid to the link between

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  • India: Why is TN government scared of investigation into Jayalalithaa’s mysterious end at Apollo hospital?

    India: Why is TN government scared of investigation into Jayalalithaa’s mysterious end at Apollo hospital?0

    India: Why is TN government scared of investigation into Jayalalithaa’s mysterious end at Apollo hospital? –Dr. Abdul Ruff _________ With the announcement made by the Election Commission of the date for the bypoll in RK constituency in Tamil Nadu political parties wake  up to the call to plan  for the poll. Tamil Nadu politics takes

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  • Not ‘all is forgiven’ for asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka

    Not ‘all is forgiven’ for asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka0

    Not ‘all is forgiven’ for asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka Niro Kandasamy, University of Melbourne In his recent visit to Australia, the prime minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, urged Sri Lankan asylum seekers to “come back, all is forgiven”. He went on to say: They can come back to Sri Lanka and we

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  • Waiting for Husband, Waiting for democracy2

    Waiting for Husband, Waiting for democracy March 9, 2017 The photo of this woman was taken after midnight on Minto Road in Dhaka city. Ms. Shefa Srishti is anxiously standing at the gate of detective branch head office to watch her husband getting released from this detention facility. She knows her little negligence tonight may

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  • Maldives: ‘Currency-swap’ with India ahead of big Saudi, China deals0

    Maldives: ‘Currency-swap’ with India ahead of big Saudi, China deals N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 8 March 2017 Going on all cylinders on economic diplomacy, President Abdulla Yameen has combined an astronomically high $ 10-b agreement with Saudi Arabia even while laying the foundation work for constructing a second runway in the Male International Airport with Chinese help.

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  • Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction0

    Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction M Niaz Asadullah, University of Malaya and Zaki Wahhaj, University of Kent Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender

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