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Duelling protests persist amid Bangladesh war crimes trials

Duelling protests persist amid Bangladesh war crimes trials

Updated 25 February 2013, 17:55 AEST

Tension are running high in Bangladesh between rival groups amid the ongoing war crimes tribunal.

The tribunal is looking into atrocities committed during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

Anti-Islamist demonstrators continue to protest at the Shahbag Square, in Dhaka, calling for the death sentence for Islamist politicians found guilty by the tribunal.

Meanwhile, Islamist opposition supporters have clashed with police on Sunday, leaving at least three people dead.

They're protesting against what they say were blasphemous online posts by bloggers at the centre of the Shahbag protests.

Last week, the Bangladeshi parliament amended the country's war crimes law, allowing the prosecution of the largest Islamic party - Jamaat-e-Islami.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Dr Bina D'Costa, the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, and author of 'Nationbuilding, Gender & War Crimes in South Asia'

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