Joint Statement: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing

Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, we, the 30 undersigned organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry to conduct an effective and impartial investigation that is long overdue into Kem Ley’s death. We further

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

Joint Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council 30 August 2019 Re: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session Dear Excellency, The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within and outside Cambodia to advance human rights, rule of law,

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

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.

Statement condemning Cambodian Government’s harassment of domestic and international human rights organizations and media institutions

For Immediate Release On August 23, 2017, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry released an order for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Phnom Penh to cease its activities and repatriate its foreign members.  After the June 2017 elections, domestic civil society organizations and independent media institutions have also faced hostility from the Cambodian

Free Adil!: Statement demanding the Malaysian Government to release of Adil Rahman Khan

  Bangkok, Thailand -- The Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel) considers the arrest of Adil Rahman Khan, without citing any justification, as an effort by the Malaysian Government to silence rights defenders. Our network of organization across Asia stands in solidarity with Mr. Adil and demands for his immediate release.  

Joint Statement on the threat of legal actions against Cambodian election monitoring and human rights organizations

Our organizations express serious concern over the threats to launch an inquiry into the activities and legality of the Situation Room on Cambodian Commune Council Election in 2017, a platform of non-governmental organizations formed to monitor the country’s recent local polls. Such comments contribute to a repressive environment which hinders the legitimate

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 -

ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Government to uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression

November 22, 2016 ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Governmentto uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression BANGKOK, THAILAND -- On November 18, Malaysian Police officers raided the office of Bersih 2.0, and arrested its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, secretariat manager Mandeep Singh, and seven other supporters. The arrests were made on the

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

ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016

For Immediate Release 28 June 2016 Bangkok   ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses solidarity with South Korea’s Citizen’s Network for General Election of 2016 (Change 2016) and supports its appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the

Mongolia: Human Rights Must Be Key Element in the Upcoming Elections

(27 May 2016, Ulaanbaatar) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) together with its members, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) and its partners, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Human Rights NGO Forum (Mongolia) jointly call for all political parties, which

FORUM-ASIA Open Letter to PM Cambodia Re: End legal harassment of Cambodian human rights defenders including ADHOC staff members

We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), along with our 56 member organisations from other 18 countries across Asia, call upon you to immediately drop all charges and end the legal harassment of six human rights defenders (HRDs) who are being implicated in false propaganda. These HRDs include four

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

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