Freedom of expression was caught in crossfire in Bangladesh in 2015. Secular bloggers and foreign aid workers have been the targets of extremist groups and the Government continued use its power to curb freedom of expression.
Within only two months in 2016, at least 4 indigenous women and girls were subjected to violence including rape, attempted rape, abduction and physical assault. Indigenous women and girls already face discrimination and exclusion in social, political and economic life in Bangladesh for being women and for belonging to ethnic minority group.
On 10 December 2015, GHRD marked International Human Rights Day together with the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) at the European Parliament. The conference organised by EPRID on“Religion, Security and Human Rights” discussed the importance of freedom of religion and key steps to be taken against violence which is committed falsely in the name of religion. GHRD's guest, Ms. Kalpana Devi who is a human rights defender from Pakistan, were one of the key speakers along with U.N Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt and Elmar Brok MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.
Global Human Rights Defence is happy to announce that we have been granted the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). This is a great honor that marks many years of our and our partners’ hard work and dedication.
The increasing number of kidnappings, murders, and forced conversions of Hindu girls in the Sindh district of Pakistan impelled human rights organizations such as PHSWT, GHRD, CSSP, PHF, and CRMP to arrange a protest at Press Club Hyderabad in Sindh on September 18th, 2015. This demonstration demanded the attention of official authorities for the protection and rights of minorities of Pakistan, and justice for the families of victims, which include Naseeban Bheel and Hawli Meghwar.