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Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined August 2018

i) Human rights education, democracy, peace and good governance ii) Extra judicial killing, torture and organized violence iii) Violence against women, children and minorities

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has been initiated with a promise to create awareness among community level for the protection and promotion of human rights and ensuring the respect and realization of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the fundamental provisions of the Constitution of Bangladesh as well as providing humanitarian assistance to the victim of violation in the country. Since the inauguration of Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights is devoted to serve mankind specially who are victim of torture and organized violence as well as other human rights violation. BIHR was born and brought up to remain beside the victim of torture, mal treatment and organized violation as well as other form of violation indifferent to race or religion, sex or age.
VISION: Human Rights Violation Free Bangladesh
v       To provide legal aid and legal counselling to community members through their respective organizations as well as in centre.
v       To organize seminars, workshops, symposiums, rallies, human chains and view exchange meetings on various human rights related issues and attending such programmes organized by others.
v       To provide training especially on paralegal and human rights aspect to community organizers as well as conduct a summer course on human rights for university graduates and law enforcing agencies.
v       To promote legal & human rights literacy, which includes translating and publishing handbooks of law in layman`s language and a training manual on human rights.
v       To establish a human rights documentation and information centre to ensure exchange and dissemination of human rights violation.
v      To conduct lobbying, campaign and advocacy activity to protect and promote human rights in national and international level.
v       To conduct research on legal and human rights aspect as well as conduct fact finding and issue urgent appeal/action regarding violation of human rights.

People Associated With This Organization

Shahanur Islam

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights
Joined August 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
Advocate Shahanur Islam (Saikot), fully dedicated for the well being of the victim of violation, especially for ethnic, religious, political and sexually minority people as well as torture, extrajudicial killing, involuntary disappearance and organized violence in Bangladesh through providing support of lodging the suit against the perpetrators in pro bono basis.

I am also engaged to document the incident of human rights violation through conduct the fact finding investigation visiting the spot as well as issue urgent appeal/ action to make sensitise to the concerned authority regarding the specific human rights violation as well as issue press release and press statement.

I attended different capacity building training programme on health, human rights, legal rights and legal proceeding in national and international level. I also attend different seminar, meeting, and workshop in country and abroad.

My approach to legal aid is a community-centered: I work with different grassroots organizations, including peasant and farmer groups, industrial labourers and factory workers, small fishermen, women, children, minorities, urban poor and rural journalists. In its casework, I assist in cases of cruelty to women, children, minorities, torture, organized violence and gross violation of human rights. My programs and services include: (i) Legal Research: compiling, systematizing and monitoring laws, policies, pronouncements and other official acts which fall within my areas of concern; (ii) a Paralegal Training Programme; (iii) Legislative and Policy Reforms: helping grassroots organizations formulate and draft position papers, propose legislation and implement guidelines and bringing them to the attention of appropriate government authorities; (iv) Press-Pressure and Urgent Action: which involves generating publicity in different media about incidents of human rights violations, and letters of appeal to relevant agencies; (v) Fact-Finding missions to document human rights violations; and (vi) Legal Literacy: publication of handbooks and a training manual on human rights.

Legal Assistance:

I provide legal assistance being sympathetic and perceiving feelings by legal counseling and direct legal aid through releasing bay bail, file case against perpetrators, Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and. It’s target group the people who don not have access to justice due to their poor economic condition and lack of knowledge.

Direct Legal Aid:

The direct law support to victims is one of the important visible and sustainable activities by releasing the victims from jail/custody, filing case against perpetrators and also Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to promote and protect human rights of the people. I provides direct legal aid to file case against Law Enforcing Agencies (LEA).

To know more:
Shahanur Islam is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights.

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