SAHR calls for action on section 57 of ICT Act, protecting freedom of expression and allowing political comment in Bangladesh

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional human rights defenders’ network expresses grave concern at the continued institution of cases in Bangladesh against individuals under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act curtailing fundamental rights to freedom of expression and personal liberty. We note that the use…

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Fact Finding Mission on the Situation of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, 7 – 11 December 2017

Press Statement South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) conducted a fact-finding mission to Bangladesh from 7 – 11 December 2017 to assess the human rights concerns of the Rohingya refugees, in particular those who fled Myanmar due to violence after 25 August 2017, and the social and economic impact of their presence…

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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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