Tag Archives: Bangladesh

Bangladesh democracy hangs in the balance


By any measure, the current state of democracy in Bangladesh is grim, note analysts Atif Ahmad, a researcher at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Michael Kugelman, senior… Read more »

Violence returns as Bangladesh gears up for polls


Bangladesh has faced increasingly difficult human rights challenges in recent years, notes the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission: The country’s decision to open its border to approximately 800,000 Rohingya refugees… Read more »

Opposition aims to rescue Bangladesh’s ‘decaying democracy’


The announcement of a schedule for the next general election in Bangladesh has triggered hope of a credible poll but also concern about more political violence across the Muslim-majority South Asian nation,… Read more »

Media reform in the ‘New Malaysia’ (as Bangladesh backtracks)


On May 9th, 2018, Najib Razak’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Government was defeated in general elections that stunned the world. Today, nearly five months on, the International Federation of… Read more »

Caught between fear and repression in Bangladesh


The murders of secular activists by violent Islamist militants in Bangladesh have received considerable international and domestic attention, notes a new report from Amnesty international. However, they have taken place… Read more »

‘Troubling escalation’ in efforts to silence Bangladesh garment workers


A broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in Bangladesh marks a troubling escalation of efforts to silence garment workers and criminalize their fundamental rights to… Read more »

Political violence pushes Bangladesh close to ‘democratic collapse’


Al Qaeda and Islamic State have both sought to gain a foothold in this predominantly Muslim nation of 160 million people, and experts worry that Bangladesh is ill equipped to… Read more »

Women’s Entrepreneurship: Gaining a Democratic Voice Through Economic Empowerment


Innovation and jobs created by women entrepreneurs are vital to economic growth worldwide. What is equally important is that entrepreneurial success by women also leads to their greater democratic participation… Read more »

Funding opportunities: labor rights in Bangladesh, Burma, Vietnam


  The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that promote internationally recognized… Read more »

Strengthening Bangladesh’s democracy – women’s empowerment in trade unions


The horrors of the Tazreen Fashion factory fire and the Rana Plaza factory collapse shocked the world into noticing Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry and the 4 million Bangladeshis who… Read more »