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«Bangladesh - Researched and compiled by the Refugee Documentation Centre of Ireland on 25 March 2014 Information on the Awami league including when ...»

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2002 March - Government introduces law making acid attacks punishable by death amid public anger over escalating violence against women.

Ramadan prayers outside National Mosque of Bangladesh Islam was made the state religion in 1988 2002 May - Government orders tightening of safety standards after up to 500 people die when a river ferry goes down in a storm.

2002 June - President Chowdhury resigns after ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) accuses him of taking an anti-party line.

2002 July - Pakistani President Musharraf visits; expresses regret over excesses carried out by Pakistan during 1971 war of independence.

2002 September - Iajuddin Ahmed sworn in as president.

2002 December - Simultaneous bomb blasts in cinemas in a town north of Dhaka kill 17 and injure hundreds.

2004 Opposition calls 21 general strikes over the course of the year as part of a campaign to oust the government.

2004 May - Parliament amends constitution to reserve 45 seats for female MPs.

Bomb attack on Muslim shrine in north-eastern town of Sylhet kills two and injures UK high commissioner and 50 others.

2004 July onwards - Worst flooding in six years leaves nearly 800 people dead, millions homeless or stranded, and an estimated 20m in need of food aid.

September's floods in Dhaka are said to be the worst in decades.

2004 August - Grenade attack on opposition Awami League rally in Dhaka kills 22 people. Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina survives the attack.

2005 January - Prominent Awami League politician Shah AMS Kibria is killed in a grenade attack at a political rally. The party calls a general strike in protest.

Bomb attacks 2005 17 August - Around 350 small bombs go off in towns and cities nationwide.

Two people are killed and more than 100 are injured. A banned Islamic group claims responsibility.

2005 November - Spate of bombings, blamed on Islamic militants, hits Chittagong and Gazipur.

2006 February - Opposition Awami League ends year-long parliamentary boycott.

Political crisis Bangladesh opposition protesters, 2006 Political antagonism spilled over into the streets in 2006 2006 October - Violent protests over government's choice of a caretaker administration to take over when Premier Zia completes her term at the end of the month. President Ahmed steps in and assumes caretaker role for period leading to elections due in January 2007.

2006 November - A 14-party opposition alliance led by the Awami League campaigns for controversial election officials to be removed. Chief election commissioner MA Aziz steps aside.

2006 December - Election date set at 22 January. Awami alliance says it will boycott the polls. Awami leader Sheikh Hasina accuses President Ahmed of favouring her rival. Blockade aimed at derailing parliamentary elections paralyses much of the country.

2007 January - A state of emergency is declared amid violence in the election runup. President Ahmed postpones the poll. Fakhruddin Ahmed heads a caretaker administration.

2007 March - Six Islamist militants convicted of countrywide bomb attacks in 2005 are hanged. They include the leaders of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.

2007 April - Sheikh Hasina is charged with murder. Begum Khaleda Zia is under virtual house arrest. Several other politicians are held in an anti-corruption drive.

2007 August - Government imposes a curfew on Dhaka and five other cities amid violent clashes between police and students demanding an end to emergency rule.

2007 November - Cyclone Sidr kills thousands.

2008 June - Sheikh Hasina is temporarily freed to get medical treatment in the US.

2008 August - Local elections take place, seen as a big step towards restoring democracy. Candidates backed by the Awami League party perform strongly.

2008 November - The authorities say general elections will be held on 18 December.

Sheikh Hasina returns to lead her party in the poll.

Awami League win 2008 December - General elections: Awami League captures more than 250 of 300 seats in parliament. Sheikh Hasina is sworn in as prime minister in January.

2009 February - Around 74 people, mainly army officers, are killed in a mutiny in Dhaka by border guards unhappy with pay and conditions. Police arrest some 700 guards. A further 1,000 guards are detained in May.

Continue reading the main story Bangladesh at 40Bangladeshi war crimes suspect Sayedee Mr Sayedee became the first suspect charged by a tribunal probing the 1971 independence struggle Bangladesh confronts war crimesFirst war crimes charges The challenges aheadScars of independence war 2009 June - In a ruling on the decades-old dispute between two main political parties, the High Court decides that it was the father of PM Sheikh Hasina, and not late husband of her arch-rival Khaleda Zia, who proclaimed independence from Pakistan in 1971.

2009 October - The government bans the local branch of the global Islamist organisation Hizb-ut Tahrir, saying it poses a threat to peace.

2010 January - Five former army officers are executed for the 1975 murder of founding PM Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

2011 June - Constitutional change scraps provision for a neutral caretaker government to oversee elections.

2012 January - Army says it has foiled a coup planned by "fanatical officers".

2012 May-June - Key figures from the main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, including leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, are charged with war crimes by a government tribunal investigating alleged collaboration with Pakistan during the 1971 independence struggle. Jaamat-e Islami supporters clash with police repeatedly in following months in protest at the trial.

2012 October - Muslim rioters attack Buddhist villages and shrines in south-east Bangladesh after an image said to show a burnt Koran was posted on Facebook.

The government denounces the attacks as "premeditated and deliberate acts of communal violence against a minority".

2013 January - War crimes tribunal sentences prominent Muslim cleric Abul Kalam Azad to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 independence war. He was tried in absentia, as he had fled abroad.

2013 April - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vetoes Islamist bill to outlaw criticism of Islam.

Parliament elects Abdul Hamid as Bangladesh's new president, following the death in March of Zillur Rahman.

2013 May - European retailers promise to sign an accord to improve safety conditions in factories after a garment factory building collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people. Worker protests close hundreds of factories and extract a government pledge to raise the minimum wage and make it easier to form unions.

2013 July - At least two people are killed as police clash with thousands of protesters after the conviction of Ghulam Azam, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.

2013 November - Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami supporters clash with police in protests at the government's refusal to make way for a caretaker administration to oversee parliamentary elections in January, as is the usual custom.

2013 December - Supreme Court upholds death sentence on Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, who was convicted in February of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence.

2014 January - Opposition BNP boycotts parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returnde for third term in office.

2014 March - Khaleda Zia and other BNP opposition leaders sent for trial in April on corruption charges over alleged embezzlement of charitable funds.” (BBC News (19 March 2014) Bangladesh profile) References BBC News (19 March 2014) Bangladesh profile http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-12651483?print=true (Accessed 25 March 2013)

Country of Origin Research and Information (March 2012) CORI Country Report:

Bangladesh http://www.refworld.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rwmain?docid=50618c6f2 (Accessed 25 March 2013) Human Rights Watch (June 1996) Bangladesh, Political Violence On All Sides http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/1996/BANGLA.htm (Accessed 25 March 2013) International Crisis Group (23 October 2006) Bangladesh Today http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-asia/bangladesh/121-bangladeshtoday.aspx (Accessed 25 March 2013) IRIN News (4 February 2014) Concern over extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh http://www.ecoi.net/local_link/268773/383472_en.html (Accessed 25 March 2013) United Kingdom Home Office (30 September 2012) Bangladesh, Country Of Origin Information (COI) Report https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bangladesh-country-of-origin-report-30september-2012 (Accessed Tuesday 25 March 2013) This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Refugee Documentation Centre within time constraints.

This response is not and does not purport to be conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please read in full all documents referred to.

Sources Consulted

Amnesty International BBC News Electronic Immigration Network European Country of Origin Information Network Freedom House Google Human Rights Watch Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre International Crisis Group IRIN News Lexis Nexis Minority Rights Group International Online Newspapers Refugee Documentation Centre E-Library Refugee Documentation Centre Query Database Reliefweb Reuters United Kingdom Home Office United States Department of State

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