Against Involuntary

Under the  incumbent Awami League Government which has been in power since 2009, human rights violations continue unabated through suppressing political parties, particularly the opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami and dissenting voices, including human rights organizations.

Human rights violations include  enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrests of leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance.  The government is also harassing opposition party leaders and activists in various ways to create pressure on them, including implicating them in criminal cases or lodging false cases against them. Hindrances to freedom of expression and repression on the ordinary people and leaders and activists of the opposition political parties are also happening. 

ODHIKAR reports that the police forces are used to suppress dissent resulting to human rights violations affecting mostly the opposition. Bangladesh is not a yet a party to the International Treaty on the Protection of Persons against all Enforced Disappearances (ICCPED).  #YesToICCPED #ICCPED #Bangladesh #HumanRights #EnforcedDisappearance #ODHIKAR.   

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May 1 – 31, 2017

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities - must be the foundational principles of the State.

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April 1 – 30, 2017

Extrajudicial killings
Torture and inhuman treatment
Enforced disappearances
Public lynching
Political violence
Collecting information of leaders of the opposition parties by
Special Branch of Police
Electoral system and local government
Hindrance to freedom of assembly
Hindrance to freedom of expression and the media
Situation of workers’ rights
Extremism and human rights
Bangladesh-India relations
Violence against Women
Activities of Odhikar hindered

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United Nations Human Rights Council
27th Session, Geneva, Switzerland
May 1-12, 2017

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Some 176 representatives from government and non-government sectors gathered for the Forum-Workshop on “Effective Implementation of Republic Act No. 10353: A Collective Endeavor” on March 6, 2013 at the GT Toyota Auditorium of the University of the Philippines Asian Center (UP-AC) in Diliman, Quezon City. Jointly organized by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), and the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED), the forum-workshop was supported by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, and co-hosted by the UP Asian Center.

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