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Swedish Retailer H&M Urges Higher Wages for Bangladeshi Workers

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Swedish clothing retailer H&M is urging Bangladesh’s government to raise textile workers’ minimum wage. H&M said Wednesday that its CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, made the request during a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka earlier this week. The fashion giant says it is urging Bangladesh to consider an annual review of the local […]

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Rights Group Urges Bangladesh to Protect Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Bangladesh’s restriction on international aid groups is contributing to a worsening humanitarian emergency for ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Burma. Bangladesh last month ordered three charity groups to stop providing assistance to Rohingya because it said they were encouraging more refugees to cross the border. Doctors Without Borders, Action […]

US Urges Bangladesh Against Shutting Down Groups Aiding Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging Bangladesh to allow international humanitarian groups to continue providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly sectarian violence in neighboring Burma. Last week, Bangladesh ordered three NGOs to stop their activities in the southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar. Officials said the move was meant to discourage more people […]

Bangladesh Orders Aid Groups to Suspend Services to Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh is ordering international humanitarian groups to stop providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly communal violence in neighboring Burma. Local administrator Joynal Bari confirmed Thursday to VOA Bangla Service that the groups Doctors Without Borders, Action Against Hunger and Muslim Aid have been instructed to stop their activities in the southeastern […]

Bangladesh Orders Aid Groups to Suspend Services to Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh is ordering international humanitarian groups to stop providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly communal violence in neighboring Burma. Diderik Van Halsema, a spokesperson for Doctor’s Without Borders, (MSF) tells VOA his organization is one of three groups that have reportedly been ordered to suspend their services to the Rohingya along […]

Rights Group: Bangladesh Mutiny Suspects Are Being Tortured

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading international rights group says suspects accused of involvement in Bangladesh’s 2009 border guard mutiny are being subjected to widespread abuse, torture and deaths in custody. The 2009 revolt resulted in the deaths of 74 people, including 57 army officers. The mutineers said they were protesting low pay and other grievances. More than 4,000 […]

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Death Toll From Bangladesh Landslides Rises to 110

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The death toll from landslides and floods that hit southern Bangladesh this week has risen to at least 110. Days of torrential rain in and around the Chittagong port, along with the neighboring districts of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, have also displaced more than 60,000 people. Authorities on Thursday called off the rescue operation, after […]

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Journalists Protest Machete Attack in Bangladesh

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of journalists in Bangladesh are protesting an attack on their colleagues at one of the country’s leading online news outlets. A group of men wielding machetes broke into the offices of bdnews24.com in the capital late Monday — seriously wounding at least two people and slashing other staff members. A photograph of the scene […]

Bangladesh Charges Islamist Leader of War Crimes

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami has been charged with war crimes by a special tribunal. Matiur Rahman Nizami was indicted Monday on 16 charges, including genocide and murder allegedly carried out during the country’s 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan. Another tribunal indicted Abdul Quader Molla, a deputy of Nizami, for his alleged […]

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Bangladesh to Probe Grameen Bank and Affiliates

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh has ordered a probe into Grameen Bank and the 54 businesses associated with the microfinace institution founded by Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. The country’s finance ministry on Wednesday set up a commission that is tasked with determining how Grameen and its affiliated companies should be regulated. The move comes less than two weeks after […]

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