Joint Statement: End Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh

For Immediate Release (Dhaka, August 28, 2020) – Bangladesh security forces and law-enforcement agencies continuously commit enforced disappearances with impunity, targeting journalists, activists, and government critics, 12 human rights groups said today ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The groups remember the victims of enforced disappearances and

Odhikar publishes Bangladesh 1Q 2020 human rights report

The confidence in the government and the electoral system of Bangladesh continue to decline as lack of interest in the local elections held in the first quarter of 2020 amid the rampant fraudulent activities was observed, human rights organization Odhikar said in their 2020 first quarter report. "Several by-elections of the Jatiya

Stop Violence Against Women to Ensure Gender Equality — Odhikar

Statement to commemorate International Women's Day Dhaka: March 06, 2020 Odhikar is observing International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020, with deep concern, as women in Bangladesh are subjected to unchecked, widespread gender-based violence. Domestic abuse against women are a routine phenomenon and forms of discrimination against them are prevalent in every

25 Years of Resilience: Statement from Odhikar on its 25th Anniversary

First published on the website of Odhikar. Dhaka, 09 October 2019: Odhikar was established on 10 October 1994, as an organisation of human rights defenders, by some activists who participated in the struggle against the autocratic regime of Lieutenant General Hussein Mohammad Ershad. Bangladesh gained independence after huge sacrifices and equality, human

Odhikar Bangladesh: Annual Human Rights Report on Bangladesh 2018

Full Report: Annual HR Report 2018_Eng Odhikar has been diligently monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh since 1994, in order to promote and protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Bangladeshi citizens and to report on violations and defend the victims. Odhikar, being an organisation of human rights defenders in

Joint Statement Against the Undemocratic Electoral Environment in Bangladesh

For Immediate Release December 29, 2018 We, the undersigned organizations, as advocates of human rights and democracy, express our concern regarding the restrictive electoral environment surrounding the 11th General Election in Bangladesh, set to be held on December 30, 2018. Ever since the election was announced, the government of Bangladesh has embarked

Odhikar’s Pre-Election Situation Report for the 11th Parliamentary Elections of Bangladesh

Full Report: Pre-election report_Odhikar This report has been prepared based on an analysis of the overall pre-electoral situation leading up to the 11th National Parliament elections. Odhikar has been under severe state-level oppression and harassment, due to its strong protests and campaigns against human rights violations and for publishing reports on the inactions

ANFREL statement on the termination of its mission in Bangladesh

Bangkok, Thailand December 23, 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses dismay with the manner in which the Bangladesh authorities have handled the accreditation application process for domestic and international election observers in Bangladesh’s 11th General Elections  (Jatiya Sangsad) to occur on December 30, 2018. While the Bangladesh Election Commission

Human Rights Monitoring Report on Bangladesh Reporting Period: 1 – 30 September 2018

Odhikar has, since 1994, been monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh in order to promote and protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Bangladeshi citizens and to report on violations and defend the victims. Odhikar does not believe that the human rights movement merely endeavours to protect the „individual‟

FORUM-ASIA and ANFREL concerned about human rights violations and lack of conducive environment for free and fair elections in Bangladesh

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), with the participation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), conducted a fact-finding mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7-10 September 2018. In light of the testimonies and data gathered during the mission, we express our utmost concern about the deterioration of human

Odhikar’s protest against the statement of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner regarding extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-drug operation

Dhaka, 6 September 2018: Odhikar expresses its strong condemnation over the statement of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Mohammad Mahabubor Rahman regarding the extrajudicial killings taking place in the name of ‘anti-drug operation’ by members of the law enforcement agencies. On September 4, Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman stated in a meeting, “Drug dealers keep arms

Odhikar’s Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report for August 2018

Full Report: Odhikar August 2018 Human Rights Report The human rights situation of August 2018 has been reviewed in this report. The Awami League government, after reassuming power for a second term, through the 2014 controversial Parliamentary election, has created a state of fear in the country by suppressing people and violating civil

Quota Reform Movement: Immediately arrest the Chhatra League perpatrators; reform the quota!

Press Statement Quota Reform Movement: Immediately arrest the Chhatra League perpatrators; reform the quota! Odhikar would like to express its immense concern and condemnation regarding the horrific attacks by the Chhatra League leaders have unleashed on students protesting for the reformation of the quota on government jobs, since 30 June 2018; along

Half Yearly Human Rights Monitoring Report January – June 2018 on Bangladesh

Foreword Odhikar has been monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh in order to promote and protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Bangladeshi citizens and to report on violations and defend the victims since 1994. Odhikar does not believe that the human rights movement merely endeavours to protect the

Human Rights Monitoring Report of March 2018 (English)

1-31 March 2018 Executive Summary The month of March is very significant in the history of Bangladesh. In 1971 the people of this country became resilient against the exploitation and suppression of the West Pakistan regime and developed a struggle for independence in order to destroy the undemocratic rule of West Pakistan.

Human Rights Monitoring Report January 1 – 31, 2017

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities -

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report (July 2016)

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities -

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report

Executive Summary The human rights situation of Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016 was cause for grave concern. After the controversial and farcical Parliamentary elections, political intolerance, lack of effective institutions and wide-spread and varied human rights violations were the main obstacles to the exercise of democracy in Bangladesh. The

Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2016

Further hindrance to freedom of expression and the media Political violence and vote rigging in Union Parishad elections Extrajudicial killings Shooting in the legs of detainees Allegations of enforced disappearance Public lynching continues Human rights violations along the border Human rights abuses on members of minority communities Violence against women Hindrance to

Human Rights Monitoring Report of October 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report October 1 – 31, 2015 A violent political situation continues Extrajudicial killings continue Torture in custody continues More people shot in leg after arrest Allegations of enforced disappearance continue Attacks on places of worship during Durga Puja and on preparation for a rally during Ashura. [embed]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Human-rights-monitoring-monthly-report-October-2015_Eng.pdf[/embed]

Odhikar’s founding anniversary

Statement from Odhikar  Odhikar: 21 Years of Human Rights Activism  10th October 2015 is the 21st anniversary of Odhikar. Odhikar is a persistent voice against human rights violations and impunity. It has been fighting for improving the criminal justice system in Bangladesh and for the establishment of rule of law. Odhikar’s ardent

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report of May 2015

Odhikar's Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Report May 1 – 31, 2015 Political violence Human rights violations on the high seas Extrajudicial killings Freedom of the media Freedom of expression Human rights violation by BSF along the border The religious minority community Public lynching Violence against women   Odhikar believes that ‘democracy’ is

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of April 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  April 1 – 30, 2015 Farcical City Corporation Elections 2015 Political violence Extrajudicial killings Freedom of expression and the media Situation of ready-made garment workers Human rights violations by BSF along the border Human rights violations against religious minority communities Public lynching Violence against women Repressive Information and

ANFREL Member Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report of February 2015

Human Rights Monitoring Report  February 1 – 28, 2015 Heightened levels of political violence Human rights violations by BSF along the border  Public lynching  Violence against women  Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006 (Amended 2009 and 2013) still exists  Hindrance of human rights activities of Odhikar  Odhikar  believes  that  ‘democracy’  is  a

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