Round Table Discussion: “Minorities and Terror Attack in Bangladesh”

Co-sponsored by SANSAD
Organised by Dr. Sanzida Habib and Dr. Habiba Zaman
Light lunch and refreshments to be provided.

Who is being targeted?

The grim list of those who have fallen victim to attacks by Islamist militants in Bangladesh is growing ever diverse. Secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, and members of religious minorities including Shia, Su and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus have all been killed, many of them hacked to death. That a university professor whose family said they believed in God could also be murdered suggests the list of those at risk has widened further. Who exactly is behind the attacks remains murky. Bangladesh has a myriad of extremist groups and there have been a few convictions over the attacks. Bangladesh has disputed claims by so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda-linked groups for the attacks, instead often blaming opposition parties or local Islamist groups.

Speakers and Discussants:

  • Shariful Islam
    UBC Alumnus, Blogger and Member of the International Crimes Strategy Forum
  • Nazrul Islam
    PhD Candidate at UBC and engaged with the International Crimes Strategy Forum
  • Shaheen Rezanur
    Executive Editor of the Daily Ittefaq, a leading newspaper in Bangladesh, and President of Projonmo Ekattor
  • Dr. Sunera Thobani
    Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

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