The scars of war, victory and justice

December 16, 2012
Bina D'Costa
The scars of war, victory and justice

Ever since the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) began its work, opponents of the mechanism have emphasised that the first government of the state pardoned the alleged war criminals
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Of trials and errors: International vs. national — challenges and opportunities

February 17, 2013
Bina D'Costa
Of trials and errors: International vs. national — challenges and opportunities

I want to add one point regarding the climate around the war crimes trials. There will be accusations that this is a politicised process
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A genocide and refugees: Ripples in the pond

March 26, 2012
Bina D'Costa
A genocide and refugees: Ripples in the pond

Ever since the 1971 war, Pakistan has officially denied the accusation of genocide that is at the centre of Bangladesh‚Äôs historiography. Pakistani scholars, politicians and columnists often describe the 1971 killings as a ‚Äėdisaster‚Äô (Abdul Sattar, 2007)
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My Christmas message to you all

December 25, 2011
Bina D'Costa
My Christmas message to you all

Merry Christmas, dear reader. Wherever you are, whichever faith you hold, or even if you do not believe in divinity, on this Christmas I wish you happy holidays. I hope you are enjoying a special time with your loved ones.
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Partition: the price of freedom and the price paid by women

August 14, 2011
Bina D'Costa
Partition: the price of freedom and the price paid by women

The dawn of freedom from colonial rule in the subcontinent has forever been marked by the agony of Partition. The bloodshed, sweat of terror and the tears of helplessness made the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan simultaneously the most signifying and the most traumatic moment in South Asia’s history.
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1971: Rape and its consequences

December 15, 2010
Bina D'Costa
1971: Rape and its consequences

How an Australian doctor tried to help rape victims of Bangladesh ‚ÄúI was trying to save of what have survived of the children born during the time that the West Pakistani army had Bengali women incarcerated in their commissariats.‚ÄĚ– Dr. Geoffrey Davis
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