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Writ Petition Filed | Insufficient Measures Taken by Government to Protect Minorities
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), BLAST, Samprodayikota O Jongibad Birodhi Moncho (Platform against fundamentalism and terrorism), Hindu Budhdho Christian Oikko Porishad (Coalition of Hindu Boddho Christian), Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Porishad (Puja celebration committee), ALRD and Ziauddin Tarique jointly filed a writ petition in the Divisional Bench of High Court Division comprised of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed.
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Violence on Ethnic Minorities
Summary of Attacks on Hindu Community Since 28 February 2013 Hindu Priest shares the devastation in a Jhenaidah Temple
On 28 February 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, the Vice President of the Jamaat-e-Islami to death for the war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
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News of this incidence was published on 13 March 2013. ASK Investigation Unit went to the spot to investigate the matter. They talked with the priest of the temple Sri Joygopal Chakrabarty (75) who has been working there for 30 years.
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Annual Human Rights Situation Summary as published on 1st January 2013
ASK have prepared the Annual Report on human rights situation of 2012 by
compiling reports from national newspapers and its own investigation

Several positive measures for human rights have been taken through
enactment of legislation by the Parliament, policy formulation by the
executive and judicial directions. In 2012 the Parliament enacted the Antihuman Trafficking Act, Pornography Prohibition Act, and Hindu Marriage
Registration Act.
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Political Violence
ASK Condolence | Rajib Haider - Blogger from Shahbag Protest ASK Strongly Condemn Comment made by Imaam in Dhanmondi Mosque
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expresses its deepest condolence and grave condemnation on the murder of the Blogger and architect Ahmed Rajib Haider at Mirpur in the Capital.
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ASK strongly condemns the comment by Syed Zulfikar Zuhur, an imam from the Tawakul Mosque in Dhanmondi, Dhaka during Friday's Juma prayer.
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Initial Violence on a Friday Sermon Jamaat Terror Assault
Each citizen and political party have the freedom of expression and also freedom to assemble in a peaceful way, this type of aggressive and destructive attack in the name of religion causes fear and disorder.
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Since February 28, when the International Crimes Tribunal 1 (ICT 1) found Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee guilty of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War and sentenced him to death.
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Concerned Citizens Organise Press Conference to Address Violence on Religious Minorities Call out for Human Chain Against Violence
At the  Press Conference on 4th March 2013 held in the liberation war museum,  the signatories of the statement called out for a HUMAN CHAIN in response to the ongoing violence which is targeting the vulnerable and minorities. Get Up Stand UP - Against Ongoing Violence in Bangladesh - Action for the Minorities being Attacked- 6 March 2013
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Islamic Clerics Demand Ban on Jamaat Damaging Public Property Through Protest
Bangladesh Olama Mashaek Towhidi Janata Sanghati Parishad, a platform of Islamic scholars and clerics, yesterday urged the government to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and said the party did not believe in Islam as well as independence of Bangladesh.
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The arson attack on Kansat electricity station, has cut off 40,000 people from an electricity supply as well as an interruption into the irrigation of crops, which have been damaged severely.
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Universal Periodic Review 2013
Latest | 12 February Final Sharing of Report with Foreign Diplomats before Geneva Basic Facts About the Universal Periodic Review
On Wednesday 12 February 2013, the Human Rights Forum in Bangladesh shared its findings with the diplomats in Dhaka.
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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.
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How the Process Developed in Last Cycle?
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Human Rights Forum - Bangladesh
Type of Complaints received in the Rapid Response Unit | Jan - March 2013
Domestic Violence Remains the main reason clients come to the Rapid Response Unit.
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Monitoring Domestic Violence Workshop Report
On Saturday 2nd March 2013, ASK and BLAST facilitated a workshop bringing together experts including members of the judiciary, legal professionals, law enforcement officials, medical professionals and women's rights advocates to engage in comprehensive stocktaking of the successes and challenges encountered in the enforcement of the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act (the Act) since its inception in 2010 till date. BLAST have provided an extensive report.
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Child Rights
UPR Summary of Child Rights for the past Four Years New Study | ''State of Children in Bangladesh 2012" | Manusher Jonno Foundation
This report has been prepared by the Child Rights Governance Assembly (CRGA), a civil society advocacy network of 17 organisations including youth and child organisations.
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Murders of children have seen a significant rise in the last one year from 334 murders reported in newspapers in 2011 to 414 murders reported in 2012, said speakers at a meeting yesterday.
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Children Held in Custody of Indian Border Security Force
In an unusually insensitive act of border policing, six Bangladeshi children have been taken away by the Indian Border Security Force from the Parsuram-Belonia border at Feni.
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Video Gallery
Sultana Kamal - Talks About Urgent Press Statement Regarding Communal Violence in Bangladesh Sultana Kamal Raises the Issue of Child Rights in UPR Report Sharing The Role of the Police in recent Jamaat Violence Sultana Kamal Reads Urgent Press Statement Regarding Communal Violence
Sultana Kamal - Talks About Urgent Press Statement Regarding Communal Violence in Bangladesh Sultana Kamal Raises the Issue of Child Rights in UPR Report Sharing The Role of the Police in recent Jamaat Violence Sultana Kamal Reads Urgent Press Statement Regarding Communal Violence
Be Kind to Your Child Domestic Workers Sara Hossain Presents UPR Findings | Workers Rights and Rights of Indigenous People | February 2013 Activist Anthropologists, Nazneen Shifa - Latest Press Statement - Tazreen Garment Fire Victims Missing - 16-3-13 Tazreen Fashion Garment Factory Fire Victims Families Demand Justice
Be Kind to Your Child Domestic Workers Sara Hossain Presents UPR Findings | Workers Rights and Rights of Indigenous People | February 2013 Activist Anthropologists, Nazneen Shifa - Latest Press Statement - Tazreen Garment Fire Victims Missing - 16-3-13 Tazreen Fashion Garment Factory Fire Victims Families Demand Justice
Follow Up
Court Rejects Henoura Begum's Naraji Petition OPINION | Is it a good idea to ban Jamaat e Islaami?
After refusing to drop the charges against the Rapid Action Batallion, Henoura Begum's No confidence petition for the Police Investigation report has been rejected and Limon's hearings deferred yet again
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At a time when our eyes are riveted on the present, and that present itself obsessed with the past, at a time when cries are being made that will shape our tomorrow, I would like to plead for time to think about the future that is being demanded.
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Garment Sector - Over 700 dead in 22 years Opinion | Garment Sector Impunity
AT LEAST 700 workers have been killed in factory fire and building collapse in the readymade garments sector in the past 22 years, according to the statistics of several labour organisations and the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies.
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In 1990, 32 workers were killed in a stampede when fire broke out at Saraka Garments in Mirpur. Since then, fire accidents in export-oriented garment factories continue to kill workers, most of whom are women. In 2012, we saw the worst factory fire in the history of the garments industry in Bangladesh at Tazreen Fashions.
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ASK Concern - Use of Pepper Spray on Teachers Goverment Employee Unfairly Dismissed Due to Political Affiliation | January 2013
Since 7 January 2013 hundreds of teachers and employees of non-governmental schools, colleges and technical educational institutions have been demonstrating for the inclusion of their education institutes in the monthly payment order (MPO) list. From the start, the Government have taken a strong position to stop the demonstration.
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1 January 2013 | Monira Akter was unfairly dismissed as a Computer Operator at the National Board of Revenue after a police verification report which commented on her Political affiliation, her family were reported to have been BNP supporters.
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ASK Bulletin 2013
Now Available Online
Opinion | Bina D'Costa
"How is it that the legal/human rights community and the media become the 'experts' of justice and not the victims who have experienced it? Is there a calculated campaign of genocide denial which has unknown sources of funds or is it a failure in Bangladesh's part for not being able to provide substantial evidence to counter these arguments? Or both?"
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Gender and Social Justice
ASK Press Release | Female Journalist Attacked
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) is strongly protesting and condemning the harassment and assault upon female journalist of ETV Nadia Sharmin in the rally of Hefazat-a-Islam in Motijheel whilst carrying out her professional duty.
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Launch of First of its Kind Human Rights Report in Ten Districts International Women's Day

It has been an action packed start to the year for the Gender and Social Justice Unit. Through January and February 2013 the Gender and Social Justice Unit's team along with Sanaiyaa Ansari and Taufique Mannan went to the various districts to launch the respective reports in nine districts
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Violence Against Women | Legal Analysis by Anup Kumar Biswas
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Human Rights Awareness
Three Day Human Rights Theatre Festival 14-16 March 2013 | Report in Pictures Wall Magazine Festival | 16 January 2013 | Video & Live Streams
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“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy
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ASK Human Rights Awareness Unit have the pleasure of supporting the Bangladesh Dewal Patrika Parisad (Wall magazine organsiation) in organising the 6th annual Wall Magazine Festival.
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Upcoming Training
Training Course Details at Psycho Social Counseling Unit
PK Saru is coming from Asha Counselling and Training Services in India | February 2013

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Training Held in the month of March
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Exclusive Critque on National Human Rights Commission
This report entitled 'National Human Rights Commission is in Critical Juncture of Hype versus Real Action' forms a chapter in the 2012 Annual Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia, which is published annually by The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), a network of 30 organizations in 17 countries.
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A founding member of ASK Wins Humanitarian of the Year Award 2013
Moment to celebrate, one of the nine founding members of Ain o Salish Kendra, she has been a dedicated humanitarian worker throughout her professional career, being involved in community work as early as 1947, taking leadership in students participation in the rehabilitation of refugees in Sindh, Pakistan.
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11 Feb 2013 | Commemoration Event for late ASK Founders
Commemoration Evening of Rememberance for the late founding members of Ain o Salish Kendra Executive Director and Member Barrister Salma Sobhan, Justice K.M. Sobhan & Advocate Aminul Huq.
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