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Religious Freedom Gets an Early Warning System in Bangladesh

May 3, 2023

By John Rieger

A Religious Freedom Workshop in Rajshahi City. (Photo: The Asia Foundation)

There are worries emanating from many places in Asia today that the ideals of tolerance and pluralism are in retreat, whether from citizens and groups that oppose the freedoms of others, or from governments seeking to limit public expression. In South Asia, with its great tapestry of religions, cultures, and ethnicities, the last two decades have witnessed threats to coexistence where intolerance descends into violence against religious minorities and other disfavored groups.

Joining us today on the InAsia podcast are The Asia Foundation’s Mahmuda Sultana and Sadat Shibli. She’s the senior program officer and he’s the director of an intriguing five-year experiment to build peaceful coexistence. It’s called Community-Driven Early Warning Systems to Reduce Religious Freedom Violations in Bangladesh.

 

Related locations: Bangladesh
Related programs: Good Governance

2 Comments

  1. This project experienced a beauty of having intra-inter-religious dialogues and courtyard meetings at community level in Rajshahi. Such kind of dialogues can play a critical role in mitigating religious conflicts and process of reconciliation. Also established an early warning system was unique in that region.

    Lack of solid religious knowledge and women participation in peace process were key barriers of establishing a culture of peace in society.

  2. This project experienced the beauty of having intra-inter-religious dialogues and courtyard meetings at the community level in Rajshahi. Such dialogues can play a critical role in mitigating religious conflicts and the reconciliation process. Also establishing an early warning system was unique in that region.

    Lack of solid religious knowledge and women’s participation in the peace process were key challenges in establishing a peace culture in society.

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