Bangladesh

Joint Open Letter to the President of Bangladesh: Release all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse
16 August 2018 3:32 pm

(Bangkok, 13 August 2018) The President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid Bangladesh: Release all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse Dear President Hamid, We are writing to express our concerns about serious violations of civic freedoms perpetrated during recent protests in Bangladesh. We urge your government to take immediate steps to address these [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Release Shahidul Alam immediately, protect free press and people’s right to freedom of expression
9 August 2018 12:43 pm

(Bangladesh/Kathmandu, 9 August 2018) – The Asian forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the unlawful arrest of Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and social activist in Bangladesh. Alam, who founded the Drik Photo Gallery, was arrested shortly after he posted on Facebook about the ongoing protests for road safety in Dhaka. Alam had [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Human Rights Monitor Report (July 2018)
8 August 2018 2:53 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its monthly human rights monitor report. The July 2018 report focuses on the following: Hindrance to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression Extrajudicial killings Public lynching and death in jail Enforced disappearances Freedom of the media Repressive laws Prison conditions Workers’ rights Promotion of Child Marriages by the [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop excessive use of force against student protesters demanding road safety
4 August 2018 4:23 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 4 August 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the excessive use of force and violence against the student protestors in Dhaka, who have been demanding safer roads. FORUM-ASIA urges the authorities to take urgent measures to protect their rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, and restore law [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop violence against peaceful students protesters demanding reforms in the job reservation system
6 July 2018 1:49 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 July 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the violent treatment of student protestors and teachers of universities across Bangladesh. While the protests and violence started in April, the situation has further escalated in the last few days. They are protesting the Government’s decision on a quota system, [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Statement: Quota Reform Movement: Immediately arrest the Chhatra League perpetrators; reform the quota!
5 July 2018 3:54 pm

3 July 2018 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 with the [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Half-yearly Human Rights Monitoring Report
2 July 2018 3:16 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Odhikar of Bangladesh has published its half-yearly human rights monitoring report. The report looks at the human rights situation in Bangladesh for the period between January 2018 and June 2018, with focus on: State Repression and Impunity; Public Lynching; ‘Extremism’; Dysfunctional State Institutions; Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media; Workers’ Rights; [ Read more ]

HRC38: Oral Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression
22 June 2018 1:56 pm

38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Oral Statement Delivered by Emmanuel Amistad on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 20 June 2018 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh regarding Rights of Rohingya Refugees
20 June 2018 6:06 pm

June 20, 2018 Honorable Kazi Reazul Hoque Chairperson National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh BTMC Bhaban (8 th Floor) 7-9 Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh chairman@nhrc.org.bd krh_bnhri@yahoo.com Re: Open Letter to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh regarding Rights of Rohingya Refugees Dear Honorable Chairperson, Today, on the occasion of the [ Read more ]

Fact-finding Report on Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
2:51 pm

  In the face of a new wave of violence that included genocidal killings by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine (formerly Arakan) State since 24 August 2017, some 671,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from their villages and townships as of April 2018. They are now living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, together with [ Read more ]