Women's Rights

The solitude of female politicians in South Asia

To deflect the sexist charge of being barren viragos, female politicians in the region have to deny their sexuality.

by Mukul Kesavan


Rohingya refugees from Myanmar tell of trauma

Some hid in rice fields, others ate only leaves while making the long journey by foot across the border into Bangladesh.

Human Rights

Bangladesh probes tax affairs of Nobel laureate Yunus

Yunus' family and micro-credit bank investigated for tax irregularities in a case some see as politically motivated.


UN: Rohingya may be enduring 'crimes against humanity'

Bangladesh turns away Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar crackdown as the UN decries "pattern of violations".

Human Rights

Bangladesh refuses Rohingya fleeing 'ethnic cleansing'

Eight boats carrying Rohingya refugees have been turned away by Bangladesh as thousands amass on the border.


Muslim Rohingya facing Myanmar 'ethnic cleansing'

UNHCR chief accuses country's troops of killing men and raping women, forcing stateless minority to flee to Bangladesh.


Dozens arrested for attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh

More than 100 Hindu houses and 17 temples have been vandalised and looted since violence began last month.


Developing storm threatens Myanmar, Bangladesh

Tropical depression in northern Bay of Bengal expected to bring flooding to Myanmar and Bangladesh in the coming days.


Concerns raised over new Bangladesh NGO law

Legislation allows the suspension or termination of an NGO if it makes derogatory remarks about "constitutional bodies".


Alleged killer of Dhaka blogger is innocent, says wife

Police say Rashedun Nabi Bhuiyan led a team who shot and bludgeoned to death secular blogger Nazimuddin Samad in April.

Human Rights

UN: Food aid for 80,000 Rohingya blocked by Myanmar

Military clampdown following unrest has prevented any supplies from reaching Muslim minority group in Rakhine state.


Made in Bangladesh: Behind the Factory Fire

An insight into Bangladesh's clothing supply chain and working conditions in the country's garment factories.


Bangladesh police kill suspects in security operation

Three raids kill at least 11 members of JMB, blamed for July cafe attack, in Dhaka and Tangail, say security officials.


World Bank accused of funding Asia 'coal power boom'

Rights group says Bank indirectly financed coal projects despite pledges to cut support over environmental concerns.


Bangladesh accused of 'kneecapping' opposition members

Government official rejects Human Rights Watch report, saying allegations against security forces are baseless.