Beyond Bloggers: Suppression of Dissent in Bangladesh

By Chaumtoli Huq, Editor of Law@theMargins When we speak about freedom of speech or dissent in Bangladesh, invariably and understandably the conversation turns to bloggers whose murders were claimed by Islamic group Ansarullah Bangla Team.   In 2015, four bloggers were killed including Avjit Roy a year ago on February 26 while walking outside Dhaka University. Since then, Washiqur Rahman Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Niloy Chatterjee were also killed. These…

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Justice for Teaworkers: My Motherland Can’t Be Grabbed

Son of tea workers, Mohan Rabidas is one of the organizers of Chandpur Begumkhan Tea Garden. He a Community Justice Fellow with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)  There are 1.5 million tea workers living in Bangladesh for 180 years. Inspite of that, they don’t have a right to their land. To speak candidly, they are alien in their own country. Tea workers work from dawn to dusk for only…

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Real Talk to Movement Lawyers from a Community Organizer

S o you want to be a movement lawyer? That’s AWESOME! Congrats on dedicating your life to serving … serving… marginalized people. That’s why you’re signing up, right? It’s so critically important that this be a foundational principle of why you want to do this work.  Not for celebrity, not for the money, but to be on the just side of history—to do your part toward the liberation of all…

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The Saint and the Sultan: Compassion and Courage in Social Justice Work

By Shukry Cattan and Victor Narro Shukry has spent ten years working in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, providing direct services to refugees and building a strong Arab-American community. He has spent time in the Middle East assisting Palestinian refugee youth and is involved in interfaith dialogues between Muslims and Jews. Victor is the Project Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, and a lecturer at UCLA Law…

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