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USIP: The Rise of Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh

Author: Sumit Ganguly
August 2006


This USIP report looks at increasing Islamist violence in Bangladesh. The report argues that recent years have seen a deepening crisis in governance with continued politicization of civil society, deterioration of judicial independence, and diminishing rule of law and respect for human rights. Following a countryside terrorist attack in August 2005 and recent suicide bombings, the government has begun cracking down on selected individuals, and questions persist about the government's dedication to respond decisively to Islamist terrorism, conduct free and fair elections in 2007, and address the deterioration in the rule of law and respect for human rights.

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