Collective voice of Human Rights Defenders from Bangladesh
Workshop in Dhaka and report of HRDs for the review of Bangladesh by UN HR Committee
Bangladesh joined ICCPR through accession in September 2000. Its initial report, originally due in December 2001, was eventually submitted in June 2015 with almost 14 years of delay. Based on the submission of State’s first report on the implementation of ICCPR, the UN HR Committee has adopted the List of Issues (LOI) on Bangladesh at its 116th session in March 2016. CCPR Centre has been assisting the Coalition of CSOs and HRDs in Bangladesh since the submission of the initial report of Bangladesh, organizing a preparatory workshop with CSOs in October 2015 in Dhaka and facilitating submission of joint CSO report to the Committee for the adoption of LOI. The joint CSO report for LOI was submitted with the support of CCPR Centre in December 2016.
Since the adoption of LOI on Bangladesh by HR Committee, in which the concerns raised by the national CSOs and HRDs in their report was largely reflected, CCPR Centre has been working with the committed national CSOs and individual HRDs to prepare their reply to the questions and issues raised in the LOI and to submit updated information to the Committee for the review of Bangladesh scheduled in March 2017. Due to the increasingly difficult situation in the country concerning the security of civil society actors and HRDs, the process has been carefully coordinated.
As the crucial part of this preparatory process for the review of Bangladesh, a workshop was organized on 28 January 2017 in Dhaka in collaboration between CCPR Centre and the coalition of individual HRDs in the country with the purpose to consolidate their reply to LOI and finalise joint CSO report for the review. In total, about 15 HRDs, dealing with various issues related to civil and political rights in Bangladesh, have participated in the workshop in their personal and organizational capacity.
"Given the difficult situation in terms of freedom of expression, speech and freedom of belief and conscience all over the world which all HRDs are facing now, it is much more crucial than ever that we deliver our collective voice to the Committee. "