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Odhikar condemns the closure of Amar Desh and arrest of Mahmudur Rahman

June 2, 2010  The publication of the Bangla-language daily Amar Desh has been closed as the government cancelled the declaration of the newspaper on June 1, 2010. The police sealed off the press of Amar Desh at about 11.00 pm that night. At about 4 am on June 2, 2010 Mahmudur Rahman, the acting Editor […]

June 2, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

Bangladesh ratification of the Rome Statute is befitting tribute to victims of 1971 : Bangladesh must deposit instrument of ratification before 1 April, 2010

March 22, 2010 Press Statement Odhikar congratulates the government for ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today. The Rome Statute was adopted by the international community on 17 July 1998 and Bangladesh signed it on 16 September 1999. The ICC acts on three major crimes genocide, war crimes and crimes against […]

March 22, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

Odhikar condemns BSF firing at Bangladeshi citizens in Jointapur, Sylhet

March 15, 2010 Statement On March 14, 2010, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire at the Jointapur frontier in Sylhet District which left 15 Bangladeshi citizens injured. The people at the border area had bound to leave their villages due to the sudden attack by the BSF. A tense situation exists all around […]

March 15, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

NGO Affairs Bureau’s rejection of Odhikar’s human rights project extension

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership-based regional human rights organisation, wrote a letter expressing their deep concerns over the NGO Affairs Bureau’s refusal to extend a human rights training and advocacy project proposed by Odhikar, a local human rights organization in Bangladesh. The project’s activities include advocacy on criminalizing torture, […]

March 2, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

Odhikar’s anti-torture project cancelled again

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) issued an urgent alert to receive the information that the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Bangladesh government released its decision to cancel Odhikar’s anti-torture project for the second time. Odhikar project cancelled-Urgent appeal-2010 (full text in English, PDF)

February 20, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh : concern following the denial of extension of a project led by Odhikar

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), wishes to express its deepest concern regarding the recent decision of the Bangladeshi authorities to cancel, for the second consecutive time, a human rights project led by the […]

February 18, 2010 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }