Andreas Johansson, Lund University 28/4/2018 New clashes between Buddhist extremists and Muslims occurred in two different towns in Sri Lanka, Kandy and Ampara, in early 2018. Triggered in part by hate-filled posts spread by nationalistic Sinhala Buddhist Facebook groups, these riots resulted in the death of one Muslim and the destruction of many buildings.
By Arvind Chhabra BBC Punjabi, Chandigarh 27 April 2018 India’s religious groups have so often clashed, with recent years marred by violence. But a remarkable gesture has helped foster a rare harmony in one village. As mason Nazim “Raja” Khan toiled over the construction of a Shiva temple in
Hindu groups step up Ayodhya temple campaign in what critics claim is an electoral gimmick to gain votes for the BJP An Indian youth from the Veda Vidyalaya religious school takes part in a procession organised by a Hindu nationalist group to mark ‘Shaurya Diwas’, the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century
Khawaja Asif Dawn.com | Mohammad Imran April 26, 2018 A three-member special bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday disqualified Khawaja Asif as a member of the parliament under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for not disclosing his employment in a UAE company as an occupation as well as the monthly salary he was receiving.
As crimes and injustice increase against the former untouchable caste, the ruling BJP can no longer rely on their votes Members of the Indian Dalit community stage a protest in Allahabad on April 2 during a countrywide strike against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities)
EU ambassadors to Beijing warn that China’s Silk Road project flouts international transparency norms and is aimed at furthering Chinese interests. The paper reflects Beijing’s strategy to divide the bloc. By Dana Heide Till Hoppe Stephan Scheuer Klaus Stratmann Published on April 17, 2018 No compromises. Source: DPA Twenty-seven of the 28 national EU ambassadors
INDIA 2016/2017 The authorities used repressive laws to curb freedom of expression and silence critics. Human rights defenders and organizations continued to face harassment and intimidation, and vigilante cow protection groups carried out several attacks. Thousands protested against discrimination and violence faced by Dalit communities. Millions of people opposed changes to labour laws. Marginalized communities
Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report 2017 Bangladesh has ratified various international conventions and treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN-CAT) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
F R Chowdhury NO TO HATRED & VIOLENCE; YES TO PEACE & PROSPERITY F R Chowdhury The word “ISLAM” means peace. Islam does not support violence. The killing of any human being is a crime. It is a sin for which everyone will be ultimately answerable to Allah, the creator of
Sheikh Hasina has choked her grip on the citizens of Bangladesh using all kinds of rules and regulations. Bangladesh passport bill is the latest one. This law can refuse issuance or renewal of anyone’s passport if the government suspects someone to be anti-state. Mixing up the state with the government, anyone can be accused of
By James M. Dorsey Pakistan has been for at least four decades a major theatre of operations in the global struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for dominance in the Muslim world. The stakes for both regional powers are high given that Pakistan borders on Iran; shares with the Islamic republic the restless region
Ambassador Nikki Haley Is Completely Clueless United States’ Nikki Haley. Photo Credit: Office of the President-elect, Wikipedia Commons. By Daniel McAdams February 26, 2017 Just when we thought the great national embarrassment of a UN Ambassador Samantha Power was over, we are suddenly faced with a new US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley,
By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes
By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah* 4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced