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Stories about Bangladesh

20 November 2015

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

31 October 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

25 October 2015

Bomb Attack On Shia Gathering in Dhaka Raises Questions in Bangladesh

The Islamic State group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Hussaini Dalan bomb attack, which killed one and injured over sixty others.

21 September 2015

Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now

Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.

18 September 2015

Skepticism Follows Arrest of Four Philanthropists Who Care for Bangladeshi Street Children

Four people involved with the Adamya Bangladesh Foundation, which works to improve the lives of street children, face human trafficking charges. Supporters aren't convinced of the police case against them.

6 September 2015

The Day Dhaka Went Under Water

Heavy rains in Dhaka have caused massive traffic jams and water damage, disrupting the lives of thousands of citizens. On social media, people blamed climate change and poor waste management.

23 August 2015

Is a More Child-Friendly Bangladesh Possible?

Weighed down by heavy schoolbags and neglected by the government, is life about to get better for Bangladesh's millions of miniature citizens?

15 August 2015

Why Is Gang Rape and Child Rape Skyrocketing in Bangladesh?

Some observers say rape and sexual harassment would rise in parallel with women empowerment since this patriarchal society denies freedom of women.

13 August 2015

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”

Global Voices Advocacy

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

7 August 2015

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

Global Voices Advocacy

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

14 July 2015

Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos

The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.

13 July 2015

A 13-Year-Old Boy's Horrific Death Becomes Viral Facebook Video in Bangladesh

"A 13 yr old boy was beaten to death in 4 stealing. his murderers videoed & posted it on FB. I'm so ashamed to be a Bangladeshi today"

10 July 2015

Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations

Global Voices Advocacy

"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."

8 July 2015

More Than 100 People Have Been Killed Extrajudicially This Year in Bangladesh

"We do not know what was done with my father. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. There is no progress in the case."

21 June 2015

Bangladesh's Monsoon Season Arrives, Bringing Joy, Headaches and Wonderful Photos

The beginning of Monsoon season is something to celebrate but flooding causes major disruptions to people's day-to-day lives.

19 June 2015

Talking About Sexual Violence Against Women in Bangladesh, One Blog at a Time

After the country's New Year's celebrations were multiple sexual assaults, women opened up as part of a special Women's Week of Blogging campaign about their experiences with sexual violence.

12 June 2015

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

Rising Voices

A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.

26 May 2015

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

21 May 2015

STATEMENT: Global Voices Calls for Safety of Bangladesh Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

We condemn the recent murders of bloggers and call on authorities to ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice.

12 May 2015

Ananta Bijoy Das Becomes Third Free-Thinking Blogger Killed This Year in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Das promoted critical thinking about religion, which sparked the ire of Islamic hardliners in Bangladesh. He was hacked to death by a group of masked people with machetes.

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