• Why violent Buddhist extremists are targeting Muslims in Sri Lanka0

    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.

  • Crossing Divides: Hindus and Sikhs help build a mosque in India0

    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

  • Religion takes center stage for Indian election0

    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 disqualified under Article 62(1)(f), IHC rules ‘with a heavy heart’0

    Khawaja Asif | 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.

  • Dalit anger challenges Indian government’s future 0

    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 band together against Silk Road0

    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


  • Amnesty International INDIA 2016/2017 Annual Report0

    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

  • Human rights situation of Bangladesh from January to June 2017

    Human rights situation of Bangladesh from January to June 20170

    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

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    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

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      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

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