C R Abrar

Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. He researches and writes on rights and migration issues.

August 19, 2022
August 19, 2022

Don’t ‘criminals’ have the right to access justice?

It is mind-boggling that, by claiming that all those killed at the border “are criminals,” the head of BSF has acknowledged that his force has concurrently arrogated the roles of petitioner, judge, jury, and executioner.

July 29, 2022
July 29, 2022

How long will we ignore what's happening in police custody?

Over the years, there has been rising concern about the 'systemic nature' of custodial torture and deaths in Bangladesh.

June 20, 2022
June 20, 2022

Confronting genocidal regime and global apathy: The Rohingya perspective

“We have been victims of genocide for decades and acknowledged as the most persecuted minority, yet the world has cared little about our legitimate rights and claims. It is time we took charge of our own destiny.”

June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022

Syndicates in migration: Re-accessing the Malaysian labour market

Is a nexus of a few Bangladeshi recruitment agencies and a powerful segment of the human resources ministry in Malaysia trying to impose unfair and unethical conditions on the long-awaited reopening of the Malaysian labour market?

May 15, 2022
May 15, 2022

Return of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing?

It was a sombre occasion at the Dhaka Reporters Unity premises on April 30.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

How can we stop migrant workers’ deaths abroad?

Shobuj, a young man from Tangail, in his late twenties, was reluctant to comply with his supervisor’s instruction to enter a sewage pipe for maintenance work without an oxygen cylinder.

February 20, 2022
February 20, 2022

Surviving re-entry to Malaysian labour market is key

It has been two months since a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh and Malaysia on the employment of Bangladeshi workers was signed, marking the end of a suspension on their entry to the Malaysian labour market which had been in force since 2018.

January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022

Impropriety, Irregularity and Impunity

After seven long days, the 28 protesting students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) ended their hunger strike, bringing relief to their loved ones and fellow protesters.

January 18, 2022
January 18, 2022

The High Court said they were Bangladeshis

The members of camp-dwelling Urdu-speaking community (CDUSC) are both baffled and dismayed over a series of recent decisions by the Bangladesh government.

December 27, 2021
December 27, 2021

The indefatigable public intellectual and political mobiliser

A small incident took place at a school in Burdwan in 1944. A class teacher of Grade 7 was wrongly reprimanding a student, accusing him of stacking all the high benches of the classroom against the short ones the previous evening, when a lanky boy stood up and said, “It was not Abanti, it was me.” Impressed by the boy’s moral courage, the teacher excused him.