Bangladesh - Culture of Impunity
Despite its many human rights violations, Bangladesh still receives European and international aid. With elections looming, is there any hope for a democratic future? Or will religious intolerance continue?
In Bangladesh, poverty and corruption have long been endemic. Yet religious intolerance is an ever-growing problem. Controlled by an Islamic state, religious minorities - such as Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and others - remain under constant threat, with "crimes against them rarely punished". As Shahriar Kabir explains, "we have recorded more than 3000 incidents of minority persecutions ranging from killings, rape, arson, plundering and looting". But how and why has Bangladesh been allowed to thrive as an "extremist haven"? After all, "a challenge of human rights violations in any place on earth is a challenge for the international community".FULL SYNOPSIS