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February 28, 2018: Countering Jihadist Militancy in Bangladesh
A new Report by the International Crisis Group (Asia Report N°295 of February 28, 2018)
states that two groups, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh and Ansarul Islam, dominate
Bangladesh’s jihadist landscape today. Attacks since 2013 have targeted secular activists,
intellectuals and foreigners, as well as religious and sectarian minorities. The ruling Awami
League has politicized the threat; its crackdowns on rivals undermine efforts to disrupt jihadist
recruitment and attacks.
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February 7, 2018: Why Bangladesh Needs a Refugee Compact
Cindy Huang (the Center for Global Development's Co-Director of Migration, Displacement, and
Humanitarian Policy) explains why Bangladesh needs a refugee compact and provides three
big ideas to make it happen.
February 1, 2018: Stealing Shahbag and Re-legitimizing Islamism
Based on an original public opinion survey, a new BDRC Working Paper by Anupam D. Roy
shows how Islamism was re-legitimized in the aftermath of the Shahbag movement. The
Shahbag movement emerged in early February of 2013 as a sit-in protest in the Shahbag
square of Dhaka city on the demands of capital punishment of war criminals of the 1971
liberation war of Bangladesh. The paper demonstrates how the Shahbag movement was
coopted by the ruling party, which transformed the frame of the movement and made the
Shahbag movement a force against political Islam. Such a reframing of the Shahbag movement
opened it up to being criticized as an anti-Islamic movement. The Islamist civil society mobilized
a countermovement under the banner of Hefazat-e-Islam, which was able to reclaim the
popularity and acceptance of Islamism with the masses and the political elite.
January 22, 2018: Start of Rohingya Repatriation to Myanmar Delayed
As reported by Voice of America, the repatriation of 750,000 Rohingya Muslims will include
involvement from the United Nations’ refugee agency, said A.H Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh’s
foreign minister. Human rights group Amnesty International, which had previously condemned
the deal, called the Bangladeshi government's decision to postpone the return of Rohingya
refugees a welcome relief for hundreds of thousands currently living in Bangladesh.
January 19, 2018: Bangladesh continues to grow above 6 percent
As reported by the New Delhi Times, according to the Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh’s
economy grew by 7.1% in 2016, the fastest expansion in 30 years. It was also the sixth year in a
row that GDP growth was greater than 6%. As a result of this inclusive growth, poverty rates
have plummeted. In 1991, well over 40% of the population lived in extreme poverty. Today, the
World Bank says that less than 14% still does.
December 24, 2017: Bangladesh came close to winning the Economist’s “Country of
the Year 2017” title
As reported by the Daily Star, the London-based weekly news magazine “The Economist” put
Bangladesh on its list, citing the country’s giving shelter to the persecuted Rohingyas. It also
mentioned Bangladesh’s rapid economic growth and a sharp fall in poverty rates. However, the
Economist did not eventually select Bangladesh, saying, “Had it not crushed civil liberties and
allowed Islamists free rein to intimidate, it might have won.”
December 2, 2017: Chittagong is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships, but its
people pay the price
In a contribution to The Guardian’s “Modern-day Slavery in Focus”, John Vidal illustrates how
Bangladesh's people pay the price for being the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships.
November 30, 2017: Pope Francis in Dhaka: World must assist Bangladesh in tackling
refugee crisis
As reported by, Pope Francis has called on the international community to take
“decisive measures” to resolve not only the political issue surrounding the refugee crisis in
Bangladesh, but also to provide “immediate material assistance” to respond to the humanitarian
November 8, 2017: Private sector responsible for 78% of development in Bangladesh
As reported by Dhaka Tribune, a panel discussion, titled “Partnering for Reduced Inequalities:
How business can contribute to the UN SDGs” was held at Grameenphone headquarters on
November 7, 2017. The discussion emphasized the need for participation of the private sector
in implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, SDG lead
of UNDP Bangladesh, said that the private sector is doing 78 percent of the development work
in Bangladesh so it is impossible to ignore private sector in attaining SDG goals.
October 20, 2017: Over 700,000 people get cholera vaccine in Cox’s Bazar
As reported by the Daily Star, more than 700,000 people have been administered oral cholera
vaccine in the first phase of a campaign in Cox’s Bazar to protect the newly arrived Rohingya
population and their host communities against the deadly diarrhoeal disease.
October 18, 2017: Rich become richer, poor get poorer in Bangladesh
The 2016 Household Income and Expenditure Survey report, released yesterday by the
government of Bangladesh, shows that the poor’s share in the national income eroded further
in the past six years, with the richer segment of the population having bigger stakes.
LEARN MORE (Daily Star report by Reaz Ahmad and Rejaul Karim Byron) --->
LEARN MORE (Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2016) PDF --->

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