The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), on the opening day of the International Week of the Disappeared, which falls on the 25th to 30th of May calls on Asian States to sign and ratify the International Convention Against Enforced Disappearance (CAED) to protect the right of Asian peoples from enforced disappearance. Statement_International Week of […]

May 26, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

One Year After the Rana Plaza collapse: Odhikar’s statement

April 24, 2014   is the one year anniversary of a collapse of Rana Plaza.  The nine-storied Rana Plaza collapsed in Savar, Dhaka, injuring or taking away the lives of many people. During the incident, around five thousand workers were working in the five garments factories situated in the building. After the collapse, rescuers retrieved 1135 […]

April 23, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

One Year After the Rana Plaza Catastrophe : Slow Progress and Insufficient Compensations

One year has passed since the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and survivors and victims’ families are still waiting for adequate compensation. Safety conditions and respect for workers’ rights in garment factories in Bangladesh remain concerning. (full text in English)

April 23, 2014 | Read full story | Comments are closed

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