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Powerful Closing Speech by Sultana Kamal

Draft UPR Report Launch

On the 26th September 2012, the draft  report was presented in an event facilitated by Human Rights Forum - Bangladesh in Dhaka.

ASK - Ain o Salish Kendra, the Secreteriat for the Human Rights forum in Bangladesh - a coalition of 19 human rights and development organisations shared findings and stats from the report which is to be submitted as Universal Periodic Review report to the UN Human Rights Council in May 2013.

Slide 1 Slide 2 Sara Hossein Shaidul Haque

The event was facilitated by Sanaiyya Ansari and  introduced by the Mahila Parisad President, Ayesha Khanum, she was also joined on the panel by Hameeda Hossain, Chairperson of ASK.

The draft Universal Periodic Review report  was presented by Sara Hossain, Member of the Steering Committee, Human Rights Forum Bangladesh. 



The audio of the full presentation is available on the Livestream Channel

Due to technical diffculties the visual display is not clear. 

To see the full presentation document, please click.


Special guests : Chairman of NHRC, Mizanur Rahman and Shahidul Hoque from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave their feedback after the report, a short summary can be found below or for their full speeches, go to the livestream channel.

Responses to UPR Report Presentation - 26 Sept 2012 from Third Eye on Vimeo.

The Convenor Advocate Sultana Kamal ended the event with a powerful closing speech addressing points made by the special guests, she highlighted the importance of raising awareness of human rights issues, bringing them in to public dialogue to eventually bring change and justice.

Sultana Kamal in Action - Concluding Remarks in UPR Report Launch from Third Eye on Vimeo.

 '’There is Discrimination, Why Deny it? ‘’

Hameeda Hossain questioned why government had not amended discriminatory personal laws even though the state had ratified CEDAW and other conventions or  the government resorted to lawless methods of law enforcement allowing impunity to RAB and other agencies.  Instead of being defensive  and denying  incidents of extra judicial killings or disappearances  we should be concentrating on how to end the practice of ‘’extra judicial killings’’ all together and implement the constitutional obligation to protect the citizens’ right to life.

Hameeda Hossain - Response to UPR Report & Feedback - 26 Sept 2012 from Third Eye on Vimeo.

Human Rights Forum Members:
Acid Surviviors Foundation (ASF)
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS)
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum
Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movements (BDERM)
Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS)
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
Bangladesh Mohila Porishad (BMP)
Boys of Bangladesh (BOB)
Karmojibi Nari (KN)
Kapaeeng Foundation
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)
National Alliance of Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (NADPO)
Nagorik Uddyog
Nari Pokkho
Nijera Kori
Steps Towards Development (STEPS)
Transparancy International Bangladesh (TIB)

September 26, 2012