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Human Rights Defenders - A dangerous occupation

Despite many global initiatives, the situation of women rights is still dire in numerous countries. Realisation of women's rights and gender equality is an ongoing struggle in Bangladesh. Recent attacks on women human rights defenders demonstrate the dangers associated with human rights work for women. These women are often viewed as a threat to social stability because they are defying cultural, religious or social norms on femininity and the role of women in society.

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The culture of impunity and forced marriages in Pakistan

The pattern of abductions, forced conversions and marriages of young children in Pakistan often gets lost under the general “forced marriages” label, yet has a distinctively different nature to it. Despite the presence of several protective laws, many girls fall victim to this horrible practice, suffer from unjustifiably prolonged legal process that is more often that not likely to end in defeat. Read more to find out about the stories of the victims and understand the obstacles they face in their fight for freedom.

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Chittagong Hill Tracts: Discriminatory directive cancelled

Last week the Government withdrew the controversial CHT-travel restrictions. These discriminatory directives were in place for over a month and restricted foreigners’ travel to CHT and meetings with the indigenous community. Whether the lift of restrictions will be indeed implemented, however, remains to be seen.

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Reports

The Invisible Minority: The Situation of LGBT Community in Bangladesh

17-06-2015

This research, jointly conducted by Global Human Rights Defence and Boys of Bangladesh, highlights the particular issues faced by the LGBT community in Bangladesh. The study was based on 50 interviews with individuals from the LGBT community (including community leaders). The purpose of the research was to conduct a needs analysis, aimed at examining the experience of the LGBT community in relation to the violations and social exclusion they face, the acceptance of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity within close social circles and access to networks and services for community development. The needs analysis has also enabled the LGBT community leaders to identify the needs of their movement and the larger LGBT community in Bangladesh to further develop a road map for their activities.

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