C R Abrar

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

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021

Brazen Violations, Bizarre Charges

It was quite a sight. Viewers of television channels and readers of the dailies that carried the images of incarcerated journalist Rozina Islam were baffled at the scale of security measures taken...

May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021

I cannot sing, how I can be free?

So far they pursued their vocations with enthusiasm and passion, and enjoyed doing so. Now forced by the circumstances most can no longer be engaged in their professional activities and have to...

May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

World Press Freedom Day: Unattained aspiration

As a nation Bangladeshis commemorated the golden jubilee of their independence a little more than a month ago.

April 4, 2021
April 4, 2021

Freedom of Assembly

The streets and squares of different towns and cities including those of Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chattogram and Brahmanbaria have witnessed outbreak of wanton violence and mayhem over the last week or so.

March 7, 2021
March 7, 2021

The case for rescinding the Digital Security Act

They were both active, conscientious, thinking citizens. Both were passionate about social issues, and were gifted—one had a penchant for writing, the other for drawing cartoons.

March 3, 2021
March 3, 2021

Death in destination countries

A few days ago a news item carried by The Guardian, a UK daily, created a major stir in the national media of several Asian countries.

February 7, 2021
February 7, 2021

Masses, intellectuals and the Orwellian state

For ordinary Bangladeshis bereft of smart phones and computers, it was a baffling experience. Last week they were bombarded with the message that the Al Jazeera report titled All the Prime Minister...

December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020

Citizens’ petition on the Election Commission

This has happened for the first time in Bangladesh’s history. Last week, a group of conscientious citizens called on the President of the Republic to form the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to...

December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020

State, Intellectuals and Dwindling Civic Space

December is a month of celebration. Early in this month in 1971, the final assault on the barbarous Pakistani army was launched by the gallant freedom fighters.

December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

Rohingya Refugees: Contentious case of relocation to Bhashan Char

After years of uncertainty the much contested relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char has become a reality. On December 3, 1,642 inmates of the existing camps were brought to the Char via...