Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh

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The discussion “Freedom of Expression, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Bangladesh” is part of The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017. This event will take place at Monday 27 February from 6:30 until 8:30 at the Nutshuis, Riviermarkt 5, Den Haag.

For the last few years, Bangladesh is facing unprecedented crisis of democracy and freedom of expression. Human rights violations have reached sky high. The country is now deeply divided in ideological and political line. After the 2014 troubled national election, the country has become effectively a one party regime. On the other hand rise of radical forms of Islamism, terrorism and violent tactics of some of the government opposition have made the country both unstable and also provided legitimacy to the iron rule of the current regime. An increasing conflict between the Secularists and Islamists that claimed many lives also provided opportunity to the Government in passing several draconian censorship laws. Murder of secular writers, police crackdown on bloggers, activists, writers, publishers, ban on books, newspapers and other forms of media have become regularity. With the conflict between religious, ethnic and political lines escalating, and with the arrival of international terrorist outfits such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, diversity of ideas, opinions and origin have never faced a stiffer challenge in the history of the country. How do we want to shape the future of our country?

The panel consists op the following speakers:
Sultana Kamal
Kaberi Gayen
Rafida Ahmed

You are very welcome to join the discussion! Entrance is free but registration required.

See more about The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017:https://www.facebook.com/events/1229206560520102/

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