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23 years of Odhikar: the struggle continues, despite persecution

Statement from Odhikar Dhaka, October 09, 2017: Odhikar commemorates its 23rd founding anniversary on 10th October. It was established on this day in 1994 with the vision of a society based on the rights and responsibilities of State and citizens. Odhikar is striving to achieve this goal through human rights activities, based on the foundations […]

October 10, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Joint Open Letter to the Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council: Urgent action needed for Rohingyas

We write to you regarding the deeply concerning situation in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State. Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the outbreak of violence two weeks ago, and this figure is expected to significantly increase. Thousands of non-Muslim residents have also been internally displaced. Reports have also emerged […]

September 11, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

ICAED Statement on the International Day of Enforced Disappearance; The Right NOT to be Subjected to Enforced Disappearances: An Imperative

Today, the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) pays tribute to all the desaparecidos of the world. So strong is the importance of the Latin American Federation of Associations of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) and other federations working on enforced disappearances (ED) that the United Nations officially adopted this significant occasion – first commemorated by our Latin […]

August 30, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

আন্তর্জাতিক গুম দিবস উপলক্ষ্যে AFAD-এর বিবৃতি; সময় এসেছে গুমকেই উধাও করার

১৯৪৮ সালের ১০ ডিসেম্বর ফ্রান্সের প্যারিসের প্যালেস দে চিলোটে, মানব ইতিহাসের এক মাইলফলক দলিল হিসেবে সর্বজনীন মানবাধিকারের ঘোষণা (ইউডিএইচআর) ঘোষিত হওয়ার পর থেকে ৬৯ বছর পার হয়েছে। কিন্তু এখনো, বিশ্বে মানবাধিকার লঙ্ঘনের সবচেয়ে জঘন্য একটি অপরাধ ‘গুম’ কমছে না। জাতিসংঘ ২০১৬ সালে বিভিন্ন দেশে ঘটে যাওয়া ৪৩,২৫০টি গুমের ঘটনা নিয়ে কাজ করছে। এই সংখ্যা প্রকৃত […]

August 30, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

AFAD Statement on the International Day of Enforced Disappearance; It Is Time for Enforced Disappearances to Disappear

It has been 69 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of humankind, was put in place on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France. And yet, the world has not rid itself of one of the worst forms of human rights violation – […]

August 30, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

A Joint Statement on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances; BANGLADESH: Incumbent government should not be afraid of probing disappearances if its hands are clean

Bangladesh Government owes answers to the families of the victims of enforced disappearances regarding their whereabouts. Reports show that enforced disappearances, a ‘crime against humanity’ under international law, is being committed systematically since the incumbent government assumed office in 2009. However, the government denies the alleged incidents of enforced disappearances, contradicting the eyewitnesses and families […]

August 29, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed