URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
BGD 001 / 0813 / OBS 074.4
January 10, 2014
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bangladesh.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources that charges were framed against Messrs. Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, respectively Secretary and Director of the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar. Mr. Rahman Khan is also a member of OMCT General Assembly.
According to the information received, on January 8, 2014, Messrs. Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan appeared before the Cyber Crimes Tribunal. Messrs. Khan and Elan’s lawyers requested Judge Shamsul Alam of the Cyber Crimes Tribunal for a discharge of the application under Section 265C of the Code of Criminal Procedure. However, the judge rejected their plea and took into cognisance the Prosecution report/charge sheet submitted by the police on September 11, 2013.update ODHIKAR on cybercrime case
FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights
The ECtHR is increasingly led to examine and deliver decisions on breaches of LGBTI rights in Member States of the Council of Europe. Facing inequalities in status and rights, discrimination, intimidation, persecution and other ill treatments, LGBTI persons are turning to the ECtHR to see their rights recognised and obtain justice. Since 2005, FIDH, through the mechanism of the third-party intervention (« amicus curiae »), intervened in almost 15 cases to support the rights to equity and non-discrimination of LGBTI persons and contribute to the positive development of the Court’s jurisprudence.
"Every person is entitled to equal rights and treatment, regardless of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The European Court of Human Rights, in its recent decisions, enabled some important progress, in particular regarding adoption for same-sex couples. We call upon the Court to continue in this direction and to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity cannot be grounds for discrimination nor persecution" , said Karim Lahidji, FIDH President.
Today, only 15 States in the world, among which 9 are found in Europe, have enabled same-sex couples to have access to civil marriage. 80 States, including one in Europe, continue to criminalise same-sex relations. "Under these conditions, clarification through jurisprudence or legislations, on the rights to equal treatment and non-discrimination remains critical and should be supported" , said Dan Van Raemdonck, FIDH Secretary General.
FIDH intervened as a third-party, alongside partner organisations, in particular ILGA-Europe and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), on various issues relating to LGBTI rights. It supported the access to adoption for LGBTI persons and underlined that the access to marriage or any other form of legal recognition of same-sex couples should be guaranteed without any form of discrimination. FIDH also welcomes the ECtHR position on the importance of the pinciple of non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the work place.
Another issue at stake relating to LGBTI rights concerns the rights of asylum seekers. Each Council of Europe Member State has a specific approach to processing requests for asylum from persons who claim they run the risk of being persecuted on the grounds of their sexual orientation in their country of origin. It is important that the Court takes a position in favour of clear, precise and harmonised criteria to evaluate the asylum seeker’s risks of returning to his/her country of origin on the grounds of his/her sexual orientation.
PAHRA joined the mobilization of KontraPork Network , Freedom from Debt Coalition and other networks to denounce the increases in basic utilities and public services. Recently cost of Liquified petroluem gas (LPG) increased to an average of P200/tank. This December electricity bill was hiked by 4.15/kwt and fare of public service transport of MRT-LRT will be almost doubled by early next year. These are additional burden to the already burdened masses. A bleak and black christmas for the Filipinos ! Anyare PNoy, bakit pinahihirapan nyo ang mga boss nyo? Dahil kulang-kulang na pamamahala, Tao ang Kawawa !
Series of activities for Interanational Human Rights Day celebration
Press Conference and Forum on Human Rights, Development and Climate Justice, Candlelighting for Victims of Yolanda, and Victims of Human Rights Violations