A huge fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh in the early hours of Thursday (14), the United Nations said, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550 shelters home to around 3,500 people were either totally or partially destroyed in the blaze, as […]
A Bangladeshi woman barred from becoming a marriage registrar because she is female vowed on Thursday (14) to fight for her dream job after the High Court said women would face “practical difficulties” conducting Islamic weddings. Ayesha Siddiqua has waged a six-year battle with authorities to become a registrar, culminating in last week’s knockback from […]
Two Bangladeshi men accused of killing and kidnapping migrants have been arrested, police said on Friday (15), just weeks after the country shared details of suspected human traffickers with Interpol for the first time. Police said Jafor Eqbal, 38, who appeared on Interpol’s Red Notice list of wanted fugitives on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and […]
A Bangladeshi migrant worker is suing his ex-employer and dormitory operator in Singapore, accusing them of “false imprisonment” after he was locked in his room during a coronavirus outbreak. The majority of Singapore’s more than 58,000 cases have been among low-paid migrants living in crowded dormitories, sparking criticism of the affluent city-state’s treatment of its […]
BANGLADESH has announced mandatory institutional quarantine measures for passengers arriving from the UK in the wake of the ‘deadly new strain’ of the Covid-19 virus reported in Britain. The Bangladesh high commission in London on Monday(4) said that passengers will be sent to quarantine for at least 14 days. Besides, they will have to carry […]
Four Bangladesh navy ships on Tuesday took the second and biggest group of Rohingya Muslims yet from crowded refugee camps to an uncertain future on a bleak island three hours from the mainland. The government insisted that the 1,800 refugees, who have been in camps since fleeing a Myanmar military clampdown, want to start new […]
BANGLADESH started moving a second group of Rohingya Muslim refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday(29), despite opposition from rights groups worried about the new site’s vulnerability to floods. The UN says it has not been involved in the relocation but urged the government to ensure no refugee is forced […]
A Bangladeshi film director has been arrested and charged after a scene depicting police harshly interrogating a rape victim and highlighting attitudes towards violence against women in the conservative nation sparked the ire of the force. The first half of Nabab LLB, a fictional courtroom drama about rape and the treatment of victims starring megastar […]
The human traffickers told Julekha Begum it would take less than a week to smuggle her to Malaysia to meet the husband she barely knows. Instead she spent two months marooned at sea in the hold of a fishing boat with 500 others. In that time, she said traffickers beat her sister to death and […]
THE EU countries will contribute more than €100 million (£91.8m) to a Bangladeshi welfare programme to aid thousands of garment workers hit by job losses and pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The EU is the biggest market for clothing made in Bangladesh, which saw billions of dollars in orders cancelled or put […]
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