Posted by: becketfund | January 26, 2010

Bangladesh: Government Moves to Ban Religion Based Parties

DHAKA – The Election Commission has begun the process to ban religion-based political parties by issuing a directive to three Islamic parties to amend their charters found to be in conflict with the nation’s constitution, RTT News reported on January 26.  The Election Commission’s move came after Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said earlier this month that the government would ban all religion-based political parties after the Supreme Court upheld a 2005 High Court ruling that threw out the fifth amendment to the country’s Constitution, which had facilitated religion-based politics.

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