Human Rights: Countries: Bangladesh


In 1947, Hindus constituted 31% of Bangladesh’s (formerly East Pakistan) population. By 1991, an estimated 20 million Hindus were “missing” from Bangladesh. Today, Hindus comprise less than 9% of the population. The International Crimes Tribunals continued to try and convict those responsible for committing war crimes during the 1971 War of Independence. Following convictions by the Tribunals, Hindus were systematically attacked by mobs. The ruling Awami League government repressed political dissent and failed to protect minority communities.