Media & International Advocacy

Media & International Advocacy

From the beginning of its endeavor in December 2008, Media & International Advocacy Unit has been working to promote and uphold the principles of human rights using the media and also national, regional and global human rights mechanisms.


ASK has always believed media as an important tool for advocacy on Law and policy reform. The Media and International Advocacy unit (MIA) is the focal point for ASK’s contacts with the national and international media.

ASK considers the media not only to be a medium of promotion but also a strong associates of the human rights movement. ASK does that through different means –

  • Issuing Press Statement– ASK is always vocal in protesting different human rights violations within the country as well as outside the country. MIA Unit issues press statement or reaction on the incident of HRVs to condemn, protest as well as to draw attention of the relevant authority for taking immediate legal actions against the perpetrators.
  • Writing Editorials– When a short statement is not enough to address a specific issue, ASK writes editorials with legal and human rights analysis which helps to create public opinion on that issue.
  • Organizing Press Conferences– MIA unit also organizes press conferences to sensitize and mobilize mass people, civil society, human rights defenders and relevant authority on violations of human rights.
  • Organizing Issue based Workshop with the Journalists– The Unit organizes workshop on a human rights issue which needs to bring in the attention of the journalists, so that it develops a sense of understanding among them from human rights perspective which will ultimately reflect in their reporting on that issue.


  • Maintaining ASK Website: MIA Unit is also responsible for maintaining ASK’s official website regularly. Originally created in 2008, Media and International Advocacy has envisioned using this medium to inform, share information, create awareness, advocate on specific issues and inspire action. It is now active in disseminating information on human rights in Bangladesh and ASK’s work.
  • Preparing and Disseminating E-newsletter– The Unit prepares 12 E-newsletters per year and disseminates those e-newsletters among its networks.


ASK holds the UN ECOSOC Consultative status since 1998 and is an active member of several regional and international organizations. A significant proportion of its work involves liaising with ASK’s international counterparts in the NGO sector and also interacting with regional and global human rights mechanisms.

  • This function entails providing updates of the human rights situation in Bangladesh, submitting reports in the regional and UN human rights mechanisms i.e. treaty bodies and Universal Periodic Review (UPR), sending information or communication to the UN Special Procedures, responding to the violations of human rights in other parts of the world by issuing urgent appeals, petitions and solidarity letters or supporting others initiatives on these cases.
  • The unit has been preparing a critical assessment of the performance of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Bangladesh in the protection and promotion of human rights annually.

International Networks

  • Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)
  • Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum Asia)
  • International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)
  • Migrants’ Forum in Asia (MFA)
  • South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR)
  • South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR)
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
  • We Can End Violence against Women