Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) is a coalition of 20 human rights and development organisations working for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. Started in 2007, the Forum was initially titled Human Rights Forum on Universal Periodic Review (HR-UPR Forum) since its main objective was to collectively prepare the Stakeholders Report to submit under the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council. Later in 2012, the Forum has been transformed into Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB), expanding its remit to more comprehensive range of human rights issues going beyond the task of reporting under UN human rights mechanisms. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) is the secretariat of the Forum .... Read more
HRFB demands the full implementation of the concluding observations of UN Committee Against Torture
“Political will and top level commitment of the government will play a vital role in ensuring fair investigation and exemplary punishment against perpetrators of torture, abduction, custodial death, and in ensuring the protection of human rights defenders civil society activists journalists and media workers” said human rights lawyer Zahirul Islam Khan, Advocate Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Chairperson of Ain o Salish Kendra at a press conference organised by the Secretariat of the Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) on the concluding observations of the United Nations Committee Against Torture following a review on the progress of the implementation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment at the 67th session of the Committee on 30 and 31 July 2019 in Geneva.
Press Conference on Chawkbazar Tragedy
On 24 February 2019, Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) has organised a Press Conference at the Dhaka Reporter’s Unity in order to express their deep regret and condolences towards the loss of 67 lives and several other injured persons, due to the fire from the chemical warehouses that spread to the nearby residential units and other buildings in the area at Chawkbazar, Puran Dhaka. Standing in solidarity with all the victims of the Chawkbazar fire tragedy, the forum demands for immediate implementation of the High Court directives that were provided after the Nimtali fire incident further, and in line of such demands for adequate compensation to be provided to the victims’ families, accountability of the concerned authorities, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice after conducting an independent investigation.
HRFB Press Conference Demanding Impartial Investigation into the Attacks on the Students, Journalists and Release of Renowned Photographer Shahidul Alam
Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB), a platform of 20 human rights and development organizations, demanded an independent investigation into the attacks on student demonstrations demanding safe roads. They also demanded the release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam immediately, lifting the case filed against him and other students detained under ICT Act. The demands were placed in a press conference held on 09 August 2018 at National Press Club.
Engagement with UN Human Rights Mechanism
Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Development of one-year Progress Report on UPR 2018 Commitments
Human rights situation of Bangladesh was reviewed by the the United Nations Human Rights Council in its 30th session under the Universal Periodic Review on 14 May 2018 for the third time. In this UPR cycle, 105 countries made 251 recommendations, out of which Bangladesh Government has accepted 178 and noted 73 recommendations. After one year has passed, it was time to review the progress that the government has made in the last one year towards implementing its commitments under UPR 2018.