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BANGLADESH: Yet another physical attack on rights activist's family by the same army officer's goons while an investigation is in progress

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Urgent Appeal Update : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) previously issued Urgent Appeals on several occasions regarding the physical attack on human rights defender Mr. F M A Razzak and demanded fair investigation and fair trial to the case. Now, the AHRC has been informed that another physical attack on two brothers of Mr. Razzak has taken place today, 13 April 2012, while an administrative inquiry has been in progress following an order of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Blatant impunity to the military officers and extreme form of incapability of the rule of institutions of Bangladesh have lead to this latest attack. Please write to the authorities urging them to take immediate action to protect the victims and ensure justice. Read More...

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BANGLADESH: REDRESS and AHRC write to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh to express their concerns about ineffective investigation into violent attack against the human rights defender

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Open Letter : We are writing to you in connection with the case of Mr FMA Razzak, a Bangladeshi human rights defender, who was severely assaulted in Paikgachha on 29 April 2011. This letter is written in response to your letter sent to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on 16 June 2011. This letter will outline the facts of the case, refer to the applicable international standards and conclude as to the adequacy of measures taken so far by the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the ill-treatment to which Mr Razzak was subjected. Read More...

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BANGLADESH: Midnight interrogations

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Statement : Today we are reporting the abduction, detention, cruel and inhuman treatment and interrogation of human rights defender, William Gomes, on May 21, 2011. William Gomes, a young law student and human rights defender is one of the persons who assisted FMA Razzak after the attack on him on April 29. Read More...

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WORLD: In defence of the human rights defender: FMA Razzak's story told

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Statement : States and state agents have historically used violence to stifle public debate, and silence their critics. In many countries around the world today, states no longer rely heavily upon overtly coercive methods and instead acknowledge the need for authentic debate. But in many others, states and state agents continue to resort primarily to coercive methods. Read More...

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WORLD: A video presentation on defending human rights defenders

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Defending Human Rights Defenders

Press Release : Societies are silenced by the use of violence by the state. This has gone on for centuries in many countries. Such silencing ended in North America and Western Europe by the end of the 19th century, but that is not the case in many other countries. Those who try to break the silence are suppressed by physical violence. Thus, at one time or another this suppression has to be defeated. Such defeating begins with small efforts. Those who make the initial efforts are called Human Rights Defenders. Thus, by the very nature of their initial work they expose themselves to physical violence perpetrated by their many opponents. If they are to be sustained they need to be defended and supported. This presentation discusses the complex problems relating to defending these Human Rights Defenders. Read More...

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BANGLADESH: A human rights defender returns home, tells story of terrifying abduction and interrogation

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Mr. Dipal Barua (right) is seen receiving certificate from a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh after completion of human rights training

Statement : The Asian Human Rights Commission this morning issued two urgent statements of extreme concern for the situation of human rights defenders in Bangladesh, and in particular over the disappearance of a young human rights activist, Dipal Barua, yesterday, May 24. Dipal has been working for the last few weeks on the efforts for the life and security of another human rights defender, FMA Razzak, on whom the AHRC has been conducting an international campaign: http://www.humanrights.asia/campaigns/attack-on-fma-razzak Read More...

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BANGLADESH: Police inaction narrows the path of justice for wounded human rights defender, who needs constant supports for survival

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Urgent Appeal Update : The Asian Human Rights Commission has earlier informed you about the attack on FMA Razzak instantiated by army officer, Major Mustafizur Rahman Bokul and his family, who attempted to gouge out Razzak's eyes. The right leg and hand were broken with several bones suffered fractures. The police have not yet started a credible investigation into the matter that will ultimately narrow down the path of getting justice for the wounded human rights defender. For further details, please see: http://www.humanrights.asia/campaigns/attack-on-fma-razzak. Read More...

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June 2011 issue:
defending the human rights defender: standing up for FMA Razzak