Civil Society and Conflict Management: Bangladesh's Experiences

Filali-Ansary Abdou

in The Challenge of Pluralism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639694
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653195 | DOI:
Civil Society and Conflict Management: Bangladesh's Experiences

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This chapter discusses the role civil society has in building trust and confidence, and in managing conflict in South Asia. Attention is focused on the case of Bangladesh, where civil society, despite its deep polarization, has played an active role in promoting and protecting human rights, thereby contributing to human security and conflict management. To illustrate this point, this chapter examines two cases of civil society interventions in the political scenario of Bangladesh, wherein religion was and still is a tool for creating division and intolerance. The first refers to the increasing intolerance and violence towards the Hindu community in Bangladesh; the second looks at ongoing violence against the Ahmadiyya community in the country.

Keywords: South Asia; civil society; polarization; conflict; Bangladesh; violence; Ahmadiyya community; Hindu community

Chapter.  7341 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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