Mubashar Hasan is a Sydney-based author, teacher and researcher currently affiliated with University of Western Sydney, Australia, and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP). His book Islam and Politics in Bangladesh: The followers of Ummah was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. His latest co-edited book includes Masks of Authoritarianism Hegemony, Power and Public Life in Bangladesh (Palgrave Macmillan 2022). Along with The Interpreter, his articles have been published by Foreign Policy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, United States Institute of Peace, The Conversation and ABC Religion and Ethics, Aljazeera, E-IR, Open Democracy, East Asia Forum, Dev Policy, among others.
Australia should see that training rights advocates across the region can be an effective means to bolster democracy.
Recent violence sparked by false allegations online against Hindus is a symptom of deeper community problems.
Coercion, kidnapping and deadly violence are the stock in trade of increasingly emboldened transnational repressors.