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In the days around Bangladesh’s Liberation Day (Bijoy Dibosh) celebrations, the country has been convulsed by a number of protests and human rights violations that will have grave implications for the future direction of the country if the government does not immediately take steps change course.
The government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has taken a number of important steps in ensuring the protection of human rights. But, the recent crackdown against opposition protests and the pettiness of a squabble over housing for politicians threaten to derail gains made. Worst of all, is the deaths arising from both recent fires in garment factories and from violent street clashes between police and garment workers in Dhaka.