Syed Tashfin Chowdhury

drugs and crime

Liquid Cocaine Shipment Busted in Bangladesh

Authorities in Bangladesh say several men conspired to smuggle 407 pounds of liquid cocaine from Uruguay in a shipment of blue plastic barrels marked as Bolivian sunflower oil.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
6.29.15
asia & pacific

Threats, Attacks, and Murders Keep Bloggers in Bangladesh on Edge

The government has banned an Islamist militant group suspected of being behind recent blogger killings, but persecuted commentators argue that it appears to be in league with fundamentalists.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
5.26.15
asia & pacific

Migrants Face Kidnappings, Torture, and Forced Labor on Hellish Journey to Southeast Asia

Thousands of Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are stranded off the coasts of Indonesia and Malaysia, but the current crisis was preceded by years of exploitation.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
5.17.15
asia & pacific

Masked Men Hack Another Atheist Bangladeshi Blogger to Death

Secular writer Ananta Bijoy Das is the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh in as many months. Writers say Islamists in the country are waging a campaign of terror against bloggers.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
5.12.15
war and conflict

Al Qaeda Franchise in Bangladesh Claims Responsibility for Blogger's Murder

Law enforcement authorities are determining the authenticity of the group's claims that it murdered an atheist blogger and others.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
5.4.15

'We Had Lost All Hope of Even Finding Her Body': Visiting the Scene of the Rana Plaza Disaster, Two Years Later

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,138 workers in the garment factories there and injuring 2,000 more. VICE News visited the site on the two-year anniversary.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
4.24.15
asia & pacific

Bangladesh's Epidemic of Sexual Violence Reaches Boiling Point Following Alleged Mass Assault

Protests are intensifying in Bangladesh following an alleged mass sexual assault during Bengali New Year celebrations which are part of a wider epidemic of violence against women.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
4.21.15
asia & pacific

Bangladesh Ignored Pleas from the US, EU, and UN and Hanged an Alleged War Criminal

Bangladesh executed a top leader of an Islamist opposition group Saturday for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war for independence.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
4.11.15
asia & pacific

'I Would Rather Die Than Go Back': We Spoke to an Opposition Activist on the Run About Life in Bangladesh's Jails

Thousands of activists have been jailed during three months of nationwide opposition protests, many swept up in mass arrests, and the country's prisons are bursting at the seams.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
4.9.15
asia & pacific

Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked to Death by Suspected Islamic Extremists

The killing is the latest in a string of similar attacks on secular writers, including the murder of US-based author Avijit Roy during a visit to the country last month.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
3.30.15
asia & pacific

Human Stampede Kills 10 During Hindu Bathing Ritual in Bangladesh

A rumor about a collapsing bridge caused a stampede at an event that draws nearly a million Hindus each year to a holy site on the banks of the Brahmaputra River.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
3.28.15
Politics

Groups of 'Law Enforcement Officers' Keep Abducting Opposition Politicians in Bangladesh

VICE News spoke to some of the families of Bangladesh Nationalist Party politicians who are grabbed from the streets by men claiming to be law enforcement officers, and often never heard from again.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
3.26.15
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