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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

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