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Odhikar’s Statement: Seven years since the killing of Felani by India’s Border Security Force

Seven years have passed since adolescent Felani was killed. On January 7, 2011, members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead Felani Khatun, as she was crossing the India-Bangladesh border into Bangladesh. Her body was left hanging from the barbed wire fence of the border. To date, BSF member Amiya Ghosh, who was […]

January 6, 2018 | Read full story | Comments are closed

AFAD Holds Congress in Sri Lanka, Scores Asian Governments’ Tepid Response to Enforced Disappearance

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) concluded its 5-day Congress in Sri Lanka with a stronger resolve to address enforced disappearance in the region at its roots. The federation denounces governments’ outright denial, apathy, slow, or absence of response to thousands of enforced disappearances. AFAD 6th Congress Statement(full text in English, PDF)

December 19, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

আন্তর্জাতিক মানবাধিকার দিবস ২০১৭ উপলক্ষে অধিকার এর বিবৃতি; বাংলাদেশ: মানবাধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠায় প্রয়োজন জনগণের স্বত:স্ফূর্ত অংশগ্রহণ

১০ ডিসেম্বর, মানবাধিকার দিবস হিসেবে আন্তর্জাতিকভাবে স্বীকৃত। ২০১৭ সালে বিশ্বব্যাপী এই দিনটি পালিত হচ্ছে এমন একটি সময়ে যখন বাংলাদেশের মানবাধিকার পরিস্থিতি ভয়াবহ আকার ধারণ করেছে। বর্তমান আওয়ামী লীগ নেতৃত্বাধীন জোট ২০১৪ সালের ৫ জানুয়ারির বিতর্কিত নির্বাচনের মাধ্যমে দেশের অধিকাংশ জনগণের ভোট ছাড়াই একতরফাভাবে পুনরায় ক্ষমতা গ্রহণ করে, যেখানে অর্ধেকের বেশি সংসদ সদস্যই বিনা ভোটে নির্বাচিত। […]

December 9, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Odhikar’s Statement on Human Rights Day 2017; BANGLADESH: People’s participation is needed to uphold human rights

The 10th of December is universally recognised as International Human Rights Day. In 2017, the day is being observed at a time when the human rights situation in Bangladesh has become catastrophic. The current government resumed power through controversial Parliamentary Elections on January 5, 2014 where almost half of the Members of Parliament won seats […]

December 9, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Adilur gets Franco-German prize for human rights

Bangladeshi human rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan, also Odhikar secretary, has been awarded with Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for 2017. In 2017, the prize is being awarded for the second time to committed 15 human rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in their respective […]

December 7, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Statement in Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On November 24, 2017, Odhikar issued a statement in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  Violence against women is endemic in Bangladesh. Women and girls are subjected to domestic violence, rape, dowry and its related violence, acid violence, stalking and sexual harassment, etc. As per a 2015 survey of the […]

November 25, 2017 | Read full story | Comments are closed