Democracy Stalemate in Bangladesh: What role for the international community?

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Abstract

This Policy Brief argues that the international community – and in particular the European Union – must assist democratic forces in Bangladesh. The rise of extremist violence in Bangladesh has spared no one but was symbolized by the appalling murder of three prominent bloggers secular voices of Bangladesh's civil society. The rights of women and minorities are also under severe threat. This Policy Brief focuses on the political deadlock between the “Awami League” (AL) and the “Bangladesh Nationalist Party” (BNP) and urges the BNP to sever ties with the "Jamaat-e-Islami". In addition its goal is to highlight the negative impact of increasing religious extremism and political violence on civil society, democracy, secularism and the economy. Furthermore this Policy Brief will provide information on the importance of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in bringing justice and peace to Bangladesh and reinforces the necessity to bring an end to impunity in order to create a level playing field in which peace can become a reality.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2015
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 11 December 2015
Number of Pages: 24
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Bangladesch, Politik, Demokratisierung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesch, Politik, Partei, Demokratisierung / Bangladesh, Politics, Party, Democratisation
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Bangladesh
Series: Themen > SADF Policy Brief
Volume: 1
Additional Information: ISSN: 2406-5625
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