Odhikar:22 years of defending human rights – despite persecution
Statement from Odhikar
Dhaka, October 10, 2016 – Odhikar was established on the 10th of October 1994 with thevision of a society based on the rights and responsibilities of State and citizen. Having rights and being able to freely enjoy them, as inscribed and protected by a democratic constitution, is an obvious expectation, but the people of Bangladesh have been deprived from such protection for too long. Odhikar’s strategic campaign has, therefore, always been to reclaim the social, cultural, religious and political unity that was expressed in three principles of the Bangladesh Liberation War; and inscribed in the ‘Proclamation of Independence’: equality, human dignity and social justice.
Defense of Human Rights and Public Service Trust
OCTOBER 7, 2016
Rawalpindi: Defence of Human Rights Pakistan arranged a protest and candlelight vigil on Bank Road, Saddar Rawalpindi, to show solidarity with Khurram Parvez who was arrested from his home in Srinagar and then sentenced for 3 months unjust detention by the Indian forces. All the human rights activists and citizens of Jammu and Kashmir are facing severe persecution since the escalation of atrocities in the last 80 days in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) is deeply concerned by the situation faced by its Chairperson, Mr. Khurram Parvez, a human rights defender from Jammu and Kashmir who is currently illegally detained at the Kothi Bagh police station in Srinagar.
Today, the Filipino people commemorate the writing of Proclamation No. 1081 on September 21, 1972, which declared the Philippines as under Martial Law. The Martial Law was a period in our history that altered the lives of so many people. The change that it brought about was not the good kind, contrary to what historical revisionists claim. The declaration legitimized the transfer to, and unfettered use of, power by President Marcos, the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus which allows for warrantless arrests, the enforcement of curfew and banning of public assemblies. What resulted from these is the systematic and widespread violations of human rights in the Philippines. Similarly, this allowed the unconstrained plundering of our nation’s resources by the Marcoses.