Odhikar

Human rights monitoring report : January – June 2015

This human rights monitoring report describes the human rights situation in Bangladesh during the first six months of 2015, specifically describing the following areas: A violent political situation and related issues Approval of draft amendment law relating to mobile Courts Myanmar and Indian border issues Violence against religious minority communities Workers’ rights Human rights violations […]

July 1, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed

JOINT PRESS RELEASE on Bangladesh: UN Day for Victims of Torture – an Urgent Call for Justice

Geneva–Dhaka, 26th of June 2015. On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and its member organization in Bangladesh, Odhikar, demand justice for victims of torture and extra judicial killings. “Two years ago, Bangladesh passed the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013;and committed […]

June 26, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Joint statement on Bangladesh: New proposed legislation to stifle the voice of rights defenders

Paris-Geneva-Dhaka, June 26, 2015 – Authorities in Bangladesh must reject the proposed Cyber Security Act 2015 and the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2014, as they both violate international human rights standards on freedom of expression and association, said the Observatory and Odhikar. Bangladesh authorities are aiming to tighten their control over free expression […]

June 26, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Human rights monitoring report : May 2015

The May 2015 monthly human rights monitoring report describes the human rights situation in Bangladesh, specifically describing the following areas: Political violence Human rights violations on the high seas Extrajudicial killings Freedom of the media Freedom of expression Human rights violation by BSF along the border The religious minority community Public lynching Violence against women […]

June 1, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Statement on the International Week of the Disappeared

Every year the last week of May, the associations of families of the disappeared, commemorates the International Week of the Disappeared (IWD). Accordingly Odhikar is observing the IWD from 25–29 May 2015 to pay tribute and solidarity to the victims of enforced disappearance and their families. Statement_25.05.15 (full text in English, PDF) Statement_25.05.15  (full text […]

May 25, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed

BANGLADESH: Freedom of press stifled, and democracy in the decline

May 3 is the World Press Freedom Day. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; to defend the media from attacks on their independence; and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of […]

May 4, 2015 | Read full story | Comments are closed