[ANNI Statement] Bangladesh: Another Flawed Selection Process for National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh
3 October 2019 5:41 pm

(Bangkok, 3 October 2019) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) and its members deplore the flawed selection process for the appointment of new commissioners for the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh (NHRCB). The lack of a participatory, transparent and merit-based selection process has resulted in the selection of commissioners with [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Restore freedom of movement and communication of Rohingya
13 September 2019 6:04 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 13 September 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its deep concerns over the shutdown of 3G and 4G services in the Tekhnaf and Ukhiya camps, in Cox’s bazaar. This shutdown has grave consequences for the rights of the Rohingya people, as it restricts their freedom of expression, their [ Read more ]

Myanmar / Bangladesh: Stop Rohingya Repatriation
21 August 2019 6:15 pm

(Bangkok, 21 August 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development urges the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to stop the repatriation of Rohingya refugees scheduled to start on 22 August. The Government of Myanmar has not met the conditions necessary to ensure voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees and the [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Bangladesh: Human rights groups urge government to implement recommendations on torture and other abuses after damning UN review
14 August 2019 2:21 pm

Global, 14 August 2019: – Following serious concerns expressed by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) about torture in Bangladesh, seven human rights organizations call on the Bangladeshi government to recognize the magnitude of the problem and address and implement the nearly 90 recommendations made by the UN body. On 9 August 2019, the CAT, [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Government must protect freedoms to prevent mass escalation of political asylum seekers
31 July 2019 5:52 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 31 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is concerned over the mass escalation of Bangladeshis seeking political asylum overseas in the last few years. Asylum seekers often quote the repressive political environment and violations of basic civil and political rights in the country as reasons that have [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Quarterly Human Rights Monitoring Report
15 July 2019 1:33 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its quarterly human rights monitor report. The report documents different violations and looks at cases of: Extrajudicial Killings Enforced Disappearances Public Lynchings Violence Against Women Rape Sexual Harassment Labour Rights Freedom of Expression and Repressive Laws Political Repression and hindrance to Freedom of Assembly *** For a PDF version of [ Read more ]

‘Be the change you would like to see in others.’ – interview with Sheepa Hafiza, Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Bangladesh
8 July 2019 11:08 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sheepa Hafiza, Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members from Bangladesh. In this interview, Sheepa talks about her experiences working in a challenging environment and the inspiration that keeps her going. How did you become involved with human rights? And how did you [ Read more ]

From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh meet in Dhaka, and killings by Border Security Force at bordering areas with impunity
18 June 2019 5:18 pm

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Bangladesh: Stop crack-down on human rights defenders with Digital Security Act
22 May 2019 12:18 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 May 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of human rights defenders. Md. Abdul Kaium, who works for FORUM-ASIA member organisation Odhikar, writer-lawyer Imtiaz Mahmud, and poet-journalist Henry Swapon under the Digital Security Act 2018. FORUM-ASIA firmly urges the Government to stop such harassment of [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: As former diplomat returns home, it is high time to criminalise enforced disappearance
22 March 2019 3:28 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 22 March 2019) – Maroof Zaman, a former Bangladeshi diplomat, returned home on Saturday, 16 March 2019, after having been held in detention for 465 days, allegedly by the government military agency, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence.[1] He was found wandering in his neighbourhood. Zaman went missing in the evening of 4 December [ Read more ]