Secularism in Bangladesh
- Secularism in Bangladesh now has an additional legal component.
Bangladesh SC bans religious parties, upholds secularism
Islamist parties in Bangladesh face a ban from politics after the controversial 1979 Fifth Amendment was struck down by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling that also paved the way for ensuring secularism as the "cornerstone" of the country's constitution.
Following the Appellate Division's decision upholding the High Court's landmark verdict that declared the Constitution's 1979 Fifth Amendment illegal, restrictions on formation of organisations based on religion were restored.
"Carrying out activities of any political party based on religion is now punishable offence under the Special Powers Act," Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said. "Their activities are now punishable offence," he said.