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Economic zone plan threatens tea workers

For the fourth consecutive day, about 15,000 Bangladeshi tea workers have continued an indefinite strike against a government plan to acquire hundreds of hectares of land that would adversely affect their lives and livelihood. Workers and family members from four tea estates in Habiganj district of northeastern Sylhet division are demanding the government scrap plans for a special 207-hectare economic zone on spare agricultural land belonging to the Chandpore Tea Estate, which the tea workers' families cultivate. The Chandpore estate has 1,655 registered tea workers and a total population of more than 6,000 people. The estate is managed by [caption id="attachment_20946" align="alignleft" width="540"]

212 disappeared between Jan 09 and Aug 15

Between January 2009 and August 2015, human rights groups have documented at least 212 people forcibly disappeared in the country, says a statement of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC). ALRC said, many witnesses have testified to law enforcement agents’ involvement in these cases, and the pattern of abductions and the profiles of victims suggest that disappearances are used by the government to silence political opponents. Efforts by human-rights-Bangladeshvictims’ families to obtain information or justice have been ign...

Adventist seminar addresses domestic violence

Adventists recently responded to the challenge of domestic violence which is a national concern in Bangladesh. Leaders from the Bangladesh Adventist Union Mission (BAUM) as well as the Dhaka Seventh-day Adventist church offered a one-day seminar about domestic violence on August 15. A crowd of approximately 300 participated in this enditnow initiative. [caption id="attachment_19214" align="alignright" width="540"]seminar pix Mahuna Roy, BAUM women's ministries director, shares during an August 15 domestic violence awareness seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. [P...