Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal

Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal

A Bangladeshi nationalist mural in Dhaka (Sebastian Strangio).

The Post's own Sebastian Strangio has a piece in The Diplomat about Bangladesh's nascent efforts to address alleged atrocities committed during the country's 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. While no trial dates have been set, two leading politicians from the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party were arrested last month; others, including party president Motiur Rahman Nizami, were detained in June. With Jamaat's 10 million followers and its support from the Islamic world, however, some fear that the prosecutions could provoke social unrest. There is also the challenge, just as at the ECCC, of investigating events that took place decades ago. Still, many - such as Mahbub Alam, general manager of Dhaka's Liberation War Museum - are cautiously optimistic:

 

In spite of the political machinations surrounding the trials, Alam expresses hope that they will at least see some manner of justice done. ‘In this country, if you go into each and every village you will find war victims,’ he says.

He says that for most Bangladeshis, the desire for vengeance is less important than the desire to see justice done: ‘I don’t expect that these gentlemen should be hanged, but the gentlemen should be tried,’ he says. ‘I’d like to see it in my lifetime.’

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s