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  • Bangladesh: Extrajudicial killing fears in drug crackdown0

    More than 30 alleged drug dealers killed in the past week in ‘shootouts’ with police amid rights activists’ warnings. by Faisal Mahmud     22 May 2018 Members of the Rapid Action Battalion guard a street during an operation in Dhaka in January [File: AP] MORE ON BANGLADESH Bangladesh‘s security forces have killed more than 30 alleged drug dealers

  • Bangladesh 2017 Human Rights Report0

    Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh Executive Summary According to its constitution, Bangladesh is a secular, democratic people’s republic. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) party that she led assumed power in 2009. The 2014 parliamentary elections that resulted in the prime minister and AL’s re-election were

  • US Report Highlights Concerns about Religious Freedom in South, Southeast Asia0

    By BenarNews staff on May 29, 2018 Buddhist monks in Thailand took to social media to call for violence against Muslims last year, the United States government said Tuesday in its latest annual report on curbs to religious freedom worldwide. The U.S. State Department also highlighted concerns about issues affecting minority groups in Malaysia, Indonesia,

  • Bangladesh: 112 Drug Suspects Killed in Gunfights with Police in 2 Weeks0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 29, 2018  Bangladeshi police have shot dead at least 112 suspected dealers since the middle of May in an all-out war on drugs, the nation’s home minister said Tuesday, the day a dozen suspects died in alleged gunfights during anti-narcotics operations. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BenarNews that

  • New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang0

    By: Adrian Zenz May 15, 2018  This article is condensed from a longer paper, available for download here. Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal

  • India’s new Shia party seen as Hindu divisive effort0

    Firebrand politician Rizvi accused of being a divisive figure splitting the Muslim vote Indian Muslims waving Indian flags participate in a flag-hoisting event as they celebrate India’s 69th Republic Day in Ahmedabad on Jan. 26. (Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India May 25, 2018 The leader of a new political party

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