In Bangladesh, Relief Turns to Worry

Concerns are growing both inside and outside Bangladesh that the January military takeover has spawned widespread human rights violations including scores of extrajudicial killings and mass arrest of as many as 200,000 people. The seizure of power was initially applauded by many relieved citizens who hoped it meant an end to internecine squabbling between the country’s two dowager politicians, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and her bitter rival, Begum Khaleda Zia, to whom clinging to power came to mean more than the welfare of the country itself. However, as the military’s takeover government has worn on, relief is turning to dismay.

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