Crackdown on Islamists: Bangladesh's New Campaign Against Jihadi Terror in Perspective

SADF Focus, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) No. 17

7 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2016  

Siegfried O. Wolf

University of Heidelberg - South Asia Institute (SAI)

Date Written: June 24, 2016

Abstract

Earlier this month, Bangladesh’s security forces carried out a nationwide crackdown on radical Islamists in the country. The main part of the campaign ran over several days and included interventions by thousands of police and paramilitary personal, led to the arrest of more than 11,300 people.

This security operation has to be understood in light of rising international and domestic critic regarding the apparent inaction by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) as a wave of brutal assassinations flooded the country. The victims were secular and liberal writers and thinkers (especially bloggers), university professors, foreign aid workers, gay rights activists and religious minorities such as Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and members of the Shiite community. Subsequently, many observers were wondering if the current GoB is capable of protecting the fundamental rights -and the lives- of its citizens. However, the Sheikh Hasina’s administration reacted and initiated a massive clampdown in an attempt to contain and eliminate of the Islamist threat.

Keywords: Bangladesh, Jihadism, GoB, Killings, AL, BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh

JEL Classification: F50, H70

Suggested Citation

Wolf, Siegfried O., Crackdown on Islamists: Bangladesh's New Campaign Against Jihadi Terror in Perspective (June 24, 2016). SADF Focus, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) No. 17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2834608

Siegfried O. Wolf (Contact Author)

University of Heidelberg - South Asia Institute (SAI) ( email )

Heidelberg
Germany

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