Odhikar issued a statement on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013. Odhikar would first like to honour the great human rights defender, Nelson Mandela. The Odhikar team expresses deep condolences on the death of South Africa’s great leader. Odhikar recalls with due respect his invaluable contribution and struggles for ending racial discrimination and establishing human rights. Incidents of massive human rights violations are taking place in Bangladesh, while we and the rest of the world are preparing to observe this international day. People are dying as a result of indiscriminate police firing during political violence, caused by the unresolved political crisis over the 10th Parliamentary elections.