Tag: Bangladesh

Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

PARIS — An arsenal of international laws has failed to confront the impunity of Myanmar’s government and security forces for their deadly purge of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee a campaign of rape, arson and killing. But on Monday, Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Myanmar of genocide, summoning the […]

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16 People Were Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh for Setting a Student on Fire

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Sixteen people have been sentenced to death for the murder of 18-year-old student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set on fire after refusing to withdraw a complaint that one of her teachers was sexually harassing her. Among those convicted were two female […]

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In South Asia’s Onion Politics, India Plays Hardball

NEW DELHI — Truckloads of onions are being turned back at the border. Officials are threatening raids to prevent onion smuggling. India’s neighbors, reliant on hundreds of millions of pounds of the crop, are reeling from the news: not a single onion can leave India. Hit first by drought and then by monsoon rains, India […]

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Why Is India Making Its Own People Stateless?

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than 1.9 million people living in Assam, a state of about 33 million in northeastern India, effectively became stateless recently. Many have never lived anywhere but in India, and yet late last month, the government, claiming to crack down on illegal immigration, announced that it was removing them from the National […]

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A Million Refugees May Soon Lose Their Line to the Outside World

BANGKOK — About one million Rohingya Muslims in camps in Bangladesh could soon lose a vital connection to the outside world if the government moves forward with a threat to suspend cell service to the world’s largest refugee settlement. Citing “state security” and “public safety,” the Bangladeshi telecommunications minister ordered a halt this week to […]

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2 Years Ago, They Fled Into Danger and Squalor. Myanmar Still Looks Worse.

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its […]

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Death Toll Grows From Floods and Landslides Across South Asia

The death toll mounted Monday from flooding and landslides caused by torrential weekend rains in India and Nepal, as China reported record flooding in its rivers and aid workers in Bangladesh scrambled to secure a huge refugee camp that was inundated by mud and water. The hardest-hit country appeared to be Nepal, where the police […]

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At Least 4 Dead in Bangladesh After Train Veers Off Bridge

At least four people were killed and dozens injured late Sunday night when part of a train heading for Bangladesh’s capital careened off a railway bridge that failed, officials said. The crash occurred in the Moulvibazar district of northeastern Bangladesh, about 140 miles by car from the capital, Dhaka. Photos published in the Bangladeshi news […]

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An Experimental Ebola Cure May Also Protect Against Nipah Virus

An experimental drug has protected monkeys against infection with Nipah virus, a lethal disease and emerging pandemic threat for which there is no approved vaccine or cure, scientists reported on Wednesday. The antiviral drug, remdesivir, is also being tested against the Ebola virus in the outbreak now underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The […]

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Bangladesh’s Fishing Ban Leaves Coastal Towns in ‘Nightmare Situation’

DHAKA, Bangladesh — This time of year, Mohammad Shamsuddin normally earns about $120 a month working with the crew of a fishing boat off the coast of Bangladesh. But on Monday, the central government imposed a 65-day national ban on coastal fishing — the most restrictive ever in Bangladesh, a poor and densely populated country […]

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