"Bangladesh, whose population is 90 per cent Muslim, has a secular legal system but in matters related to inheritance and marriage Muslims follow Sharia law."
UN special rapporteur on people-trafficking, Sigma Huda, was arrested on 5 July in connection with a case of alleged extortion. She reportedly has potentially life-threatening heart and kidney conditions, and is not getting adequate treatment in prison.
UN officials are urging the authorities in Bangladesh to clarify the fate of a UN human rights expert prevented from leaving the country since mid-May.
The way Bangladesh's secular parties and leaders conduct politics is fuelling Islamist extremism and destabilising democracy, reports Delwar Hussain.
The Salma Sobhan Memorial Lecture was delivered at the National Museum's auditorium as part of the 20th founding anniversary celebration of Ain O Salish Kendra, a legal rights organisation. Salma Sobhan was one of the nine founders of the Kendra.
"Agency, Inequality and Human Rights" by Amartya Sen.
Located in a hidden corner of South Asia, poised to become either a thriving democracy or a failed state, Bangladesh has the potential of becoming a major front in the global confrontation with radical Islamism.
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed surprised us the other day when he informed the country that the people of Bangladesh had never accepted secularism as a principle of state. And then he surprised us even more.
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