Bangladesh

Deafening Silence and the Intolerable Hypocrisy by Liberals and Intellectuals

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

I'm becoming impassive to the inconsistent and selective mantra chanting of Western liberals calling for human rights, rule of law and democracy. They seem to be quick to condemn human rights abuse in certain situations but in others, especially those involving Muslims, they remain curiously silent.

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.

Targeted Killings in Bangladesh: Diversity at Stake

Jawad Syed | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Jawad Syed

An urgent crack down on these militants and their clerics, madrassas, literature and media that propagate such ideologies is necessary to protect vulnerable religious communities and secularists as well as the diverse and pluralistic fabric of Bangladeshi society.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

Back to Basics: The Power of WASH Projects

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

Working in the field of international development it's all too easy to get bogged down in the complexities of running programmes overseas. Looking at ...

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...

Small and Beautiful

Leigh McAlea | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Style
Leigh McAlea

Parvin sits on the bed in a small dark room where she lives with her three year old son Rasul in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She shares the room with another woman and her child. The bed takes up nearly all of the floor space, saris hang from the walls, hair oil, a brush and medicine sit on the only shelf in the room, and there is a pink plastic bowl on the floor for washing...

The Golden Thread of Justice: The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal

Toby Cadman | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

On 2 November 2014, the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal convicted and condemned Mir Quasem Ali to "be hanged by the neck till he is dead, und...

Better UK Tax Deal for Bangladesh Could Pay for 18,000 teachers

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lovisa Moller

Bangladesh lost around US$14.5 million as a result of a single clause in its UK tax treaty in 2013. That's enough to pay the salaries of up to 18,000 new teachers in a country where more than 4 in 10 girls are not in secondary school.

Giles Duley: 'For Shumi, Leaving the Hospital Was a Huge Mental Hurdle'

Lucy Wilson | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

In October 2015, photojournalist Giles Duley met acid attack survivor Shumi Akhtar at a clinic in Bangladesh.Channel 4's Unreported World episode tell...

A Cloud of Despondency

Toby Cadman | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

On 5 February 2016 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled on a Communication filed on behalf of the exiled Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks. It ruled that since his arrest on 7 December 2010 he had been held arbitrarily. The Working Group recommended that the UK immediately release him and that he should be afforded the right to compensation.

Adapting to Climate Change - How Bangladesh Is Fighting Back

Mike Noyes | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mike Noyes

Rising sea levels, erratic rainfall and strong storms are leading to widespread flooding, destruction of food supplies and the loss of lives. The people who are the least to blame for climate change are the worst affected by its ravages...

The Failure to Uphold Proper Standards of Justice Will Cost Bangladesh's Apparent Commitment to Ending Impunity and Upholding the Rule of Law Dearly

Toby Cadman | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Toby Cadman

To Bangladesh experience will be remembered as a wasted opportunity to end impunity and hold those who committed the gravest of international crimes accountable. It should serve as a reminder of the damage that can be done where the pursuit of justice is used to settle political scores.

Any Global Deal on Climate Change Must Put the Poorest Women and Children First

Lindsey Coulson | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lindsey Coulson

I've always believed that together our voices are stronger. That's why, on Sunday 29 November my family, myself and friends will be joining ActionAid on The People's Climate March ahead of world leaders coming together on 30 November for crucial talks on tackling climate change. This is a huge chance to demand urgent action now and for good.

A Sad Day for Democracy in Bangladesh: Only Prime Minister Hasina Can Stop the Unjust Execution of a Political Opponent

Lord Carlile | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Should Bangladesh wish to remain in good standing with the international community, Prime Minister Hasina must correct this injustice. Bangladesh has demonstrated a disregard for basic principles of jurisprudence and human rights. With the world looking on, it is imperative that Prime Minister Hasina halt this unjust execution, reform the ICT and allow legitimate political opposition to flourish.

So-Called International Crimes Tribunal is at the Heart of Oppression and Unrest in Bangladesh

Lord Carlile | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Prime Minister Hasina must now seek reconciliation with those values. Otherwise Bangladesh will continue down a path to one-party government, authoritarianism or mob rule.

Asia Needs Strong Climate Agreement to Survive

Renee Karunungan | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Renee Karunungan

Many countries in Asia are extremely vulnerable to climate change. For this reason, the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 which will be happening in Dece...

12 Under-Reported News Stories You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK

The age of the 24-hour rolling news channel is one in which it would seem almost impossible to miss a beat on world events in which governments topple...

How Your T-Shirt Saves the World

Johan Norberg | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Style
Johan Norberg

The strangest thing about the debate about "fast fashion" and garment factories in poor countries is that it carries on as if there were no research on the subject. Western activists rail against "sweatshops", but among researchers and economists from left to right there is a consensus that these jobs are the stepping stones out of poverty.

We Must Reject the Demand to Try Charlie Hebdo, and the Narrative That Spawned It

David Browne | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Last week, Charlie Hebdo magazine contained cartoons featuring Aylan Kurdi's death. The cartoons mocked the atmosphere which had preceded, and indeed ...

The Pages Of This Amazing Book Make Dirty Water Drinkable

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have devised a "Drinkable Book" with chemically altered pages that could make contaminated water pure by 99.9%. A team from Carnegie Mel...

Youth Clubs: Helping Young People Find their Voice

Ruby Wright | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ruby Wright

Youth clubs in the UK provide a similar function to the ones in Bangladesh. Young people have the chance to help in the community, play sports, and receive vocational training. In Bangladesh, this is where VSO volunteers came in - training youth club staff and organising vocational courses for youth club members.

Atheist Blogger Who Rallied Against Extremism Is Beheaded In Bangladesh

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

An atheist blogger has been murdered in a horrifying attack in Bangladesh - the fourth secular writer to be killed by suspected Islamist militants thi...

I Came Here an Immigrant - I'm an Expat Now! (Or, Why Foreigners Are Better Placed to Live the British Dream Than You)

Shihab S Joi | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Shihab S Joi

There's no such thing as the British Dream, of course. Once you've ruled the world only to lose the lot, there's not really anywhere to go from there,...

Cheap Textiles Come at a High Price

Ruby Wright | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK
Ruby Wright

Photo credit: Allison Joyce for VSO Bangladesh's garment factories are once again in the headlines. In April 2013, over 1,100 people died when the...