Abdul Quader Mollah execution is the first for crimes related to the country’s 1971 war of independence.
It is widely anticipated that the Bangladesh government will execute opposition politician Abdul Qader Mollah tomorrow. His trial, and the trials of others in the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal has been mired in controversy and corruption.
In their latest investigative report, Odhikar explores the case of Hefazate Islam, an apolitical group drawing from Bangladesh’s religious seminary classes who have been involved in protests in recent months. Odhikar considers the roots of Hefazate’s discontent that led to their protest and the disproportionately brutal government crackdown upon the protesters.
Throughout the day, Bangladeshis everywhere are whispering, or clamouring, about a massacre at Motijheel, the commercial district of Dhaka. In the absence of a free, responsible media and the denial of the right to gather (a Section 144 has been issued), established narratives struggle to make sense alongside social experience. In this article, we bear witness to these reports, especially as the Bangladeshi government has effectively enforced a curfew, shutting down any media other than those towing its party line.