Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Killing of journalists and human rights defenders must stop
8 February 2017 6:30 pm

(Bangkok, 8 February 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of Mr. Abdul Hakim Shimul, a prominent journalist of the Bangladeshi daily newspaper, Samakal, and human rights defender. Mr. Shimul was hit by a bullet allegedly fired by Shahzadpur Municipality Mayor Halimul Haque Miru, while he was [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop judicial harassment of Adilur Rahman Khan and A.S.M Nasiruddin Elan of Odhikar
18 January 2017 4:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 18 January 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the continuous judicial harassment faced by its member Odhikar and its staff members, particularly Secretary Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, who is also the Vice-Chairman of FORUM-ASIA, and Director Mr. A.S.M Nasiruddin Elan, were charged under Section 57 [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Annual Human Rights Report 2016
11 January 2017 5:02 pm

Odhikar has been diligently working to protect and promote the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of the people since its inception in 1994. Odhikar consistently monitors the human rights situation of Bangladesh and releases a status report every month, based on Odhikar’s own fact finding, information collection and reports sent by associated local [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Repeal Foreign Donations Regulation Bill and ensure enabling environment for civil society
27 October 2016 4:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 27 October 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its concern over the enactment of another restrictive law in Bangladesh, the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Bill (FDRB) (2016) that aims to impose restrictions on the activities and the ability of foreign funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to access resources. [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop stifling online freedom though the ICT Act
10 September 2016 4:42 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 September 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the recent series of detentions under Section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act that criminalises online dissent and criticism of public affairs in Bangladesh. FORUM-ASIA urges the Government of Bangladesh to repeal this Act and release [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Draconian Digital Security Legislation is No Guarantee for Freedom
26 August 2016 6:43 pm

Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 August 2016: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the approval by the Cabinet of Bangladesh of the proposed legislation, ‘Digital Security Act’ with provisions that restrict online freedom of expression. The proposed legislation[1] was adopted by the Cabinet on 22 August 2016. The proposed legislation provides [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Uphold the Rule of Law to Fight Extremism
7 July 2016 10:56 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 July 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of 21 people at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 1 July 2016. At around 8:45 P.M., a group of armed assailants entered the bakery, and took the people present hostage, both Bangladeshis and [ Read more ]

HRC32 Oral Statement – Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
23 June 2016 7:04 pm

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 23 June 2016   Mr. President, we draw the Council’s attention to several [ Read more ]

HRC32 Oral Statement – Thematic Report by the High Commissioner, General Debate
22 June 2016 11:14 am

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Thematic reports by the High Commissioner – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s practical recommendations for the creation and [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop Witch-Hunt against Odhikar
25 May 2016 10:00 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 May 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about the notice served to Odhikar, a member organisation of FORUM-ASIA in Bangladesh, by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a manner aimed to intimidate and humiliate Odhikar. The notice was issued on 18 May 2016 under sections 19 [ Read more ]