Oral Statement to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: Human Rights Defenders under threat in Bangladesh and Cambodia

On March 10, 2014, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and Lawyers for Lawyers thank the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders for her contributions since 2008 and for her final report to Council. LRWC and L4L share all concerns raised, including: abuse of legislation to harass human rights defenders; particular risks faced by […]

March 11, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

BANGLADESH:Human rights defenders trapped in a polarised political environment

In November 2012, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) sent an international fact-finding mission to Bangladesh in the framework of their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders being alerted by reports from various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including their Bangladeshi member-organisation Odhikar. The […]

March 11, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Cyber crime case against Adilur, Elan stayed

The High Court on Tuesday stayed for three months the proceedings of the case against rights group Odhikar’s secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and its director AKM Nasiruddin Elan for ‘distorting’ the figure of killing at a rally of Hefazat-e-Islam at Motijheel in Dhaka in May 2013. A bench of Justice Borhan Uddin and Justice KM […]

January 22, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Statement of Odhikar: 10th Parliamentary elections, unilaterally declared by the Election Commission without a political solution, will push Bangladesh towards total political confrontation

The present political violence and confrontation over the decision to hold one-sided and non-participatory elections have already caused serious human rights violations. As a human rights organisation and election monitoring body, Odhikar believes that public opinion is vital for participatory, inclusive and credible elections. This is not the case under the present circumstances. Odhikar urges […]

January 3, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

AHRC: The state of human rights in Bangladesh, 2013

On December 10, 2013, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released its annual report on the state of human rights in Bangladesh, 2013. Today, life in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate. Denial of human dignity has become part of the fabric of daily life in Bangladesh, and outright denial of this reality is the default setting of […]

December 11, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Odhikar observes International Human Rights Day

Odhikar observed the International Human Rights Day today. On this occasion, Odhikar organised a discussion meeting at its office in Dhaka. Human rights defenders associated with Odhikar have conducted rallies, human chains in 15 districts. They also submitted memorandums to the local authorities in 15 districts. Press release_Odhikar 10. 13 (full text in Bangla, pdf)

December 10, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed