Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

February 28, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Sayedee sentence: The verdict people wanted

Delwar Hossain Sayedee the man most known in Bangladesh as an Islamic preacher doubling as a politician has been sentenced to death for crimes committed in 1971.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 20 Comments »

Women and war: coping with rape after 1971

March 7, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Women and war: coping with rape after 1971

The most acute form of vulnerability women experience is rape and Bangladesh saw the largest incidence of rape during 1971. In war situations, rape is common and the horror of war is largely defined by such acts. Yet the violent reaction by Bangladeshis to their raped women produced a second generation of violence against...
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From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

February 21, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
From Feb 1952 to Feb 2013: How much has changed?

61 years after 1952, we are experiencing another February. In Ekushey the spirit was that of the young people who protested a government policy decision and died on the streets of Dhaka from police bullets.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 4 Comments »

What led to Rajib’s Shahbagh?

February 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
What led to Rajib’s Shahbagh?

On October 16, 2011, we had written a piece (Bloggers (Asif and the likes): An emerging third force in politics?) on the activities of bloggers contesting the power relationships.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

Why wasn’t Quader Mollah hanged?

February 7, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Why wasn’t Quader Mollah hanged?

The street reaction to the verdict on Quader Mollah case is an interesting indication that public confidence in the trial process and the objectivity of the War Crimes Trial is confused
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 42 Comments »

Rape in 1971: in the name of Pakistan

December 1, 2010
Afsan Chowdhury
Rape in 1971: in the name of Pakistan

The history of rape in 1971 has remained an extremely painful and a distant subject in our lives and the narratives have never been explored in all its dimensions. We mention rape when discussing about 1971 as part of the political component, an example of Pakistani barbarity, but we are socially or personally unable...
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Posted in Human Rights, Politics | 30 Comments »

As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

January 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
As Jamaat-e-Islami goes to war, is the AL ready?

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) as expected has declared a war of sort as the verdict dates of the major political leaders accused of war crimes comes closer.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, War Crimes Trial | 24 Comments »

Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

January 23, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Bachchu Razakar: Rage, satisfaction and frustration too

The court verdict to hang Abul Kalam Azad aka ‘Bachchu Razakar’ for crimes committed in 1971 has been welcomed by all. He had lived a charmed life till only a few years back
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Posted in 1971, War Crimes Trial | 29 Comments »

2012: The year we would much rather forget

January 1, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
2012: The year we would much rather forget

The year 2012 has just passed by but we will not look upon it with fondness. Our achievements and good moments are overwhelmed by the tragedies and agonies in our public life.
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Posted in Uncategorized, Year in review | 10 Comments »

December is the cruellest month

December 16, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
December is the cruellest month

December has become our cruellest month as we lurch towards an absurd collective destiny. What the managers of Bangladesh have created is both tragic and pathetic as the role of political parties seems to be as much about holding elections as it is about sheltering criminals.
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Posted in 1971, Law and Justice | 13 Comments »

Jamaat-e-Islami: Old crimes, new war

December 5, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Jamaat-e-Islami: Old crimes, new war

Jamaat-e-Islami’s hartal call has offended many, some of them are offended just because it’s Jamaat-e-Islami. This is understandable as this is the party that stood against Bangladesh at birth and played a role against its coming into being.
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Posted in Politics, War Crimes Trial | 26 Comments »

Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

November 26, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

One is never sure how many workers die or is killed in industrial accidents like the one that has happened in Nishchintapur, Savar.
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Posted in RMG, Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

Wasfia and two other women

November 13, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Wasfia and two other women

As Wasfia Nazreen formally declared her intent to climb all the seven mountains of the world, we all cheered. To many she represents that precious gift called hope.
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Posted in Women's Rights | 15 Comments »

Why Ramu Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists are the same

November 6, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Why Ramu Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists are the same

The attack on Ramu has shamed us and many have protested interrogating the nature of the state that we have produced. Bangladesh is, simply put, not a minority friendly country at any level.
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Posted in Communal Discord | 8 Comments »

Malala shooting: Does the BBC share the blame too?

October 17, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Malala shooting: Does the BBC share the blame too?

Malala, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, an activist who was writing a blog on her life and education in frontier Pakistan was shot in her head by the Taliban.
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Posted in Religious Extremism, Women's Rights | 18 Comments »

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