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BANGLADESH: Abused independence deepens problems

Bangladesh celebrates its National Martyred Intellectuals Day today, 14 December 2017. The country recalls the martyrdom of some of its citizens who had high professional integrity at the time–1...

BANGLADESH: Incumbent government should not be afraid of probing disappearances if its hands are clean

Dhaka/Bangkok/Hong Kong/Manila: 29 August 2017: Bangladesh Government owes answers to the families of the victims of enforced disappearances regarding their whereabouts. Reports show that enforced di...

INDIA/BANGLADESH: Stop the Unlawful Detention of Bangladeshi Migrants

In May 2017, a young boy was apprehended by Border Security Force(BSF) officers in Dinajpur, West Bengal. MASUM, our partner organisation in West Bengal conducted a fact-finding mission and discovered...

BANGLADESH: Broken down Justice Institutions key behind disappearances of the Opposition

The New York Times has published an editorial titled “The Opposition Disappears in Bangladesh” on 28 July 2017. Citing the United Nations human rights experts the New York Times editorial said tha...

BANGLADESH: Police tear shell blinds university student in Dhaka

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Dhaka police shot tear shells at protesting university students, blinding one student as a result. On 20 July 2...

BANGLADESH/MALAYSIA: Detention of Adilur Rahman Khan at KLIA, Malaysia

A Statement from ODHIKAR on the detention of Detention of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan at KLIA, Malaysia forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission At approximately 11:00 pm (Bangladesh time), on 19 Jul...

BANGLADESH: Affording justice to victims is not on the State’s agenda

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and Odhikar, on the Day of International Criminal Justice Hong Kong/Dhaka/Manila; 17 Jul...

BANGLADESH: Missing poet Farhad Mazhar has been found – AHRC calls for an independent inquiry into the incident

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the case of the missing poet and activist Farhad Mazhar, who has been found. His disappearance and sub...

BANGLADESH: Questions arising from the abduction of Farhad Mazhar

Law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh have announced on 3 July 2017, that at 11:30 pm they have ‘rescued’ Mr. Farhad Mazhar from a Dhaka bound passenger bus at Noapara in the south-western distri...

BANGLADESH/INDIA: Bangladeshi and Indian authorities must work together to locate missing Bangladeshi poet, Farhad Mazhar and ensure his safety

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from noted writer and poet, Farhad Mazhar has disappeared and been reported missing from Dhaka in Bangladesh sin...

BANGLADESH: Institutionalization of torture within law enforcement defeats the purpose of criminalization

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission and Odhikar on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Bangladesh’s law enforcement agencies have institutionalized torture ...

BANGLADESH: UN HRC seeks to criminalise enforced disappearances and end torture

A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations, which insist that Bangladesh must ...

BANGLADESH: Peoples’mobilization needed to end enforced disappearances

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, and Odhikar, on the International Week of the Disappeared Hong Kong/Dhaka/Manila; 25 Ma...

BANGLADESH/WORLD: Establishing effective governance is way to stop refugee flow out of the country

Two recent reports prove the predictions that the Asian Human Rights Commission has been making for several years, that Bangladesh is likely to become a major refugee producing country in the Asia...

BANGLADESH: Press Freedom cannot be achieved without effective justice institutions

Bangkok/Kathmandu/Hong Kong/Dhaka: The World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May, is celebrated as an occasion to revisit the essence of fundamental principles of the freedom of press. The state of press fre...

BANGLADESH: Ethnic youth tortured to death by Army Officers who burned the body and enjoy impunity

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that an 18-years old ethnic college student named Mr. Romel Chakma had been tortured to death by officers of the Banglad...

BANGLADESH: Radio Sweden report on extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture demands no-nonsense response

Radio Sweden has published the recording of a conversation with an officer of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). In it, the officer confirms the widespread practice of extrajudicial killings practice...

BANGLADESH: UN expert group urges Bangladesh to stop enforced disappearances

A Statement from United Nations Independent Experts of Human Rights forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission GENEVA (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights experts* are calling on Ban...

BANGLADESH: Mahmudur Rahman should be allowed to travel for medical treatment 

BANGLADESH: Mahmudur Rahman should be allowed to travel for medical treatment Paris-Geneva-Hong-Kong, December 24, 2016 – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has so far refused to grant journalist Mah...

BANGLADESH: Local Government elections further eroded people’s confidence in election

by Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar Elections of 3,956 Union Parishad (UP), the lowest tier of the local governmental system in Bangladesh, held in six phases that were conducted few months ago. Serious al...