Global Activism: Stateless Biharis in Bangladesh

June 29, 2006

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Syed Kamal—President, Stateless People of Bangladesh,an organization that assists stateless Biharis in Pakistan trying to get citizenship in Pakistan or Bangladesh

When Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan, the Bihari minority group wanted Pakistani citizenship. There are as many as 500,000 stateless Biharis. More than thirty years later, neither Pakistan nor Bangladesh will recognize them as citizens. This often means they can't get jobs, travel, or access education. Syed Kamal is working to get citizenship and legal recognition for this community.