Human rights group Odhikar on Thursday celebrated its 25th founding anniversary urging all to join in the struggle for establishing human rights in Bangladesh.
It also urged people to extend solidarity to the people who were engaged in the fight against autocracy and struggling for right to self-determination in different countries of the world.
Odhikar vowed to continue to fight against repression, to uphold justice and for the establishment of democracy and human rights like the way it did in the last two and half decades despite facing repressions by the successive governments.
A discussion was held in the capital in connection of the silver jubilee celebration of the right body.
Odhikar president CR Abrar presided over the discussion and its secretary Adilur Rahman moderated the programme. Among others Farida Akthar, a woman rights leader, editor fortnightly magazine Janajug Faizul Hakim, Afroza Islam, convenor of Mayer Dak, a platform representing relatives of victims of enforced disappearance, took part in the discussion.
Odhikar in a statement narrated how the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led government obstructed the fund clearance of Odhikar for criticising extrajudicial killings and torture in the name of ‘Operation Clean Heart’ and the director of the body was picked up from its office by members of the naval intelligence agency for publishing reports on extrajudicial killing during the military backed caretaker administration in 2007.
Odhikar said repression under the successive regimes of the current Awami Leaue- led government escalated sharply with the state apparatus like the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Election Commission, were used to harass the activists.
It added that the ACC investigated allegations of the ‘corruption’ against Odhikar, but did not find any irregularities against it.
It observed human rights organisations should protest against human rights violations without any hindrance and assist the government to curb human rights abuses in any democratic state.
But condition in Bangladesh was not congenial, the organisation said.
Odhikar was still running activities because of their strong commitment to protect human rights, it added.
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