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Shahriar Kabir, Bangladeshi Human Rights Activist, to Speak at Duke's John Hope Franklin Center

 Friday, 27 July, 6-8pm Talk and Film Program Featuring Shahriar Kabir--Room 240 John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham.  Open to the Public.  Sponsored by the NC Center for South Asia Studies and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

Shahriar Kabir (1950) is a Bangladeshi journalist, filmmaker, human rights activist, and author of more than 70 books, which include both fiction and non-fiction.  His work focuses mainly on human rights, communalism, fundamentalism, history and the Bangladesh war of liberation.

Kabir joined the liberation war of Bangladesh while studying Bengali language and literature at University of Dhaka. In 1972, after the war, he joined the Weekly Bichitra , then the most widely circulated government-owned news weekly in Bangladesh. In 1992 Kabir played a major role in the formation of ‘Ekattorer Gahatak Dalal Nirmul Committee’ (Committee to Resist Killers & Collaborators of the Liberation War of ’71) in order to try the war criminals of Bangladesh Liberation war. The BNP government took the matter very seriously, charging 24 top leaders of the Nirmul Committee for sedition. It was at this time that Shahriar Kabir was dismissed from the Weekly Bichitra, where he was serving as the executive editor.

Kabir then became a freelance journalist, full-time author, human rights defender and independent filmmaker. As a defender of human rights, Shahriar Kabir’s contributions include launching a library movement to educate the younger generation on the history and spirit of the liberation war, i.e. secular democracy and human rights. At present there are 85 libraries, established mostly in remote areas of Bangladesh.

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Posted 17 July 2007

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