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NEWS

BANGLADESH: Dysfunctional justice system and increasing extremist violence

Secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners and members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists have been victims of targeted killings and many of them hacked to death. The wave of targeted killings began in 2013 and intensified since April 2016. Many of the attacks were claimed by Islamic militants. The initial response from the authorities lacked decisive action and was inefficient to prevent future attacks. In June 2016, almost within 5 days, the government arrested over 11,000 people, most young men, in connection to the spree of killings. According to the police sources only 145 of those arrested were suspected militants having a membership to militant organisations. Though this is not a sufficient evidence to show that they were connected to the brutal killings. The authorities should investigate the attacks and bring those responsible to justice, but the mass arbitrary arrests without proper evidence of a crime will lead to lack of assurance that the monstrous killings will be stopped and those responsible will be found while due process is upheld.

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BANGLADESH: We Demand Justice for the brutal killings of civil society members including LGBT rights activists

The month of April witnessed vicious killings of civil society members in Bangladesh. The killings are a harrowing indication of the authorities’ failure in protecting individuals who are exercising their right to freedom of expression and engaging in peaceful activism. Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of the first LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, and his friend, Mahbub Tonoy were the latest to be murdered in the killing spree. The slaughter of LGBT rights activists underscored the mounting violence faced by those promoting human right and equality.

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We for Us Project – Making a Difference

In collaboration with Global Human Rights Defence, the Organisation for Socio-Economic Development Nepal (OSED) organised the ‘We for Us’ project to improve the living conditions of marginalised communities in Khokana, Nepal. In the context of this project, OSED produced a number of events and seminars dedicated to raise awareness on human rights and women’s rights. Concurrently, OSED has made significant efforts to build collaborations with other local and international organisations to widen the reach of the impact of OSED’s activities and improve their human rights platform.

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UPDATES

GHRD celebrated its Special Consultative Status with the United Nations together with its supporters and partners by a joyful reception event on 12th November. The attendees enjoyed the speech by Mr. Sradhanand Sital, Chairman of GHRD along with Naz Tuncay, Human Rights Officer and Tatsiana Yankelevich, Lobby and Advocacy Officer.

The event underscored the achievements of GHRD and local partners in the pursuit of a sound respect for human rights. Since 2003, GHRD together with its local partners have brought attention to the forgotten issues and atrocities faced by minorities in South Asia. Acquiring the Special Consultative Status is an important milestone for our international lobby and advocacy efforts to put minorities on the agenda of international human rights mechanisms.

GHRD thanks all who joined our reception event to celebrate this memorable achievement with us. We would like to specially thank Ron van den Berg, director at Bruynzeel Keukens for their generous donation to support our core human rights work. Without our supporters and dedicated team, it would not be possible for us to reach this important milestone.

Reports

Annual Report 2014

31-08-2015

2014 has been a year of increased cooperation for GHRD, as well as its local and international partners. Marked with 27 international events celebrations, increased coalitions memberships, independent hands-on research, and various campaigns and trainings in Europe.

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