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Odhikar, the Bengali word for 'rights', works to create a rigid framework to facilitate broader observation and consciousness on the violation of societal and constitutional rights in Bangladesh. It came into existence on 10th October, 1994.
The organisation has two main aims:
- To increase awareness of the protection and violation of human rights;
- To establish a dynamic parliamentary structure through public opinion monitoring.
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Odhikar plays an advisory role to assess the on-going human rights condition in Bangladesh. The organisation has helped train 500 individuals, instead of setting up branch offices, so that these trained pupils can go out, receive information from outside of Dhaka, protect human rights and spread the organisation’s motto. Odhikar believes this will help in assuring clarity and accountability, strengthening the human and democratic rights of citizens.
Since 2000, Odhikar has carried out this work with the support of different partners including the American Centre, Forum-Asia, Relief International, the European Union and the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights. The aim of the training programmes were to create a grassroots and local human rights defenders network, to help mobilise strengthen the social movement against human rights violations. Apart from training on human rights issues, fact-finding, documentation, report-writing and advocacy, Odhikar human rights defenders are also given training on election monitoring.
Odhikar encourages grassroot level participants as it sees empowerment as the prerequisite for human rights. Apart from this this organisation is also engaged in number of activities including research, keeping records, advisory and networking. Odhikar aims to be a driving force in human rights in Bangladesh, and has built a key framework of associates.
Human rights monitoring report: May 2016
The May 2016 monthly human rights monitoring report describes the human rights situation in Bangladesh, specifically describing the following areas:
- Hindrance to freedom of expression and the media
- Political violence and vote rigging in local government elections
- Allegations of enforced disappearance
- Extrajudicial killings
- Attacks and harassment on inhabitants of Gondamara in Banshkhali
- Unlawful acts of members of law enforcement agencies
- Public lynching
- Human rights violations along the border
- Human rights abuses on members of minority communities
- Violence against women
- Anti Corruption Commission and its accountability
Last updated: October 2016