Joint Statement – Bangladesh: Conduct a credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of Sultana Kamal

We, several international and regional civil society organisations express deep concern over violent threats received by Sultana Kamal, a prominent lawyer and women human rights defender in Bangladesh. Sultana received these threats from the radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam (Hefazat), a coalition of teachers and students of quami Madrasas[1], after expressing…

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SAHR Statement on threat, including inciting violence, against Sultana Kamal by the Hefazat-e-Islam

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of Human Rights Defenders, expresses its serious concern at the demands made by Hefazat-e-Islam, for the immediate arrest, exile from the country, and inciting of physical violence against Sultana Kamal a well known human rights lawyer and regionally and internationally respected…

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SAHR expresses concern over the restraints on freedoms of association and assembly in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) is deeply concerned about restraint of freedoms of association and assembly through the use of force and intimidation in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.  In Bangladesh, the police have effectively crushed the readymade garment factory workers’ protest for increase of minimum wage. The issue commenced…

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SAHR welcomes the report of the joint mission by UNESCO and IUCN on the current state of conservation of the Sundarbans

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) welcomes the report of the fact finding mission (http://whc.unesco.org/en/documents/148097) jointly conducted by UNESCO and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess the current state of conservation of the Sundarbans, from 22 to 28 March 2016. The mission strongly recommends the…

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SAHR advocates the government of Bangladesh to immediately abandon the construction of the Rampal coal power plant in the proximity of Sundarbans

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), the regional network of human rights defenders is extremely concerned of the uncompromising stance taken by the government of Bangladesh to proceed with the construction of the 1,320MW coal power plant in Rampal, in the close proximity of Sundarbans mangrove, a Ramsar and World…

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SAHR Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh expressing condemnation against the killing of Niloy Chatterjee and escalating religious extremism in Bangladesh

11 August 2015 H.E. Sheikh HasinaHonorable Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Office Old Sangsad Bhaban Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215 The People’s Republic of Bangladesh SAHR Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh expressing condemnation against the killing of Niloy Chatterjee and escalating religious extremism in Bangladesh Your Excellency, South Asians for Human…

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