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Urgent appeal on the closure of the daily Amar Desh and the acts of harassment and ill-treatment against Mahmudur Rahman

The Observatory has been informed by Odhikar about the closure of Amar Desh, an opposition Bangladeshi daily newspaper which regularly reports on corruption cases and about the acts of harassment and ill-treatment against several member of its staff, including Mr. Mahmudur Rahman, Amar Desh’s Editor, presently arbitrarily detained. This harassment intervenes after the publication of […]

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

Bangladesh : fear of torture for detained human rights journalist Mr Mahmudur Rahman

Human rights defender and Acting Editor of the recently closed Amar Desh newspaper, Mr Mahmudur Rahman, has been placed on 12-day remand on charges of terrorism and sedition, after his arrest on 2 June 2010. Amar Desh is a major daily newspaper in Bangladesh which has been critical of the government, regularly reported on repression […]

June 10, 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 }

Open letter to Sheikh Hasina from ICJ on termination of Odhikar project

The ICJ expressed its deep concern through a letter to the prime minister Sheikh Hasina regarding the NGO Affairs Bureau’s decision on 17 August 2009 to terminate Odhikar’s project titled ‘Human Rights Defenders Training and Advocacy Programme in Bangladesh.’ As the project was approved by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, and has […]

September 4, 2009 | Read full story | Comments { 0 }