At FORUM-ASIA, we employ a range of strategies to effectively achieve our goals and create a lasting impact.

Through a diverse array of approaches, FORUM-ASIA is dedicated to achieving our objectives and leaving a lasting imprint on human rights advocacy.

Who we work with

Our interventions are meticulously crafted and ready to enact tangible change, addressing pressing issues and empowering communities.

Each statements, letters, and publications are meticulously tailored, poised to transform challenges into opportunities, and to empower communities towards sustainable progress.

Multimedia Stories

With a firm commitment to turning ideas into action, FORUM-ASIA strives to create lasting change that leaves a positive legacy for future generations.

Explore our dedicated sub-sites to witness firsthand how FORUM-ASIA turns ideas into action, striving to create a legacy of lasting positive change for future generations.

Subscribe our monthly e-newsletter

Bangladesh: Stop Witch-Hunt against Odhikar

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 May 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about the notice served to Odhikar, a member organisation of FORUM-ASIA in Bangladesh, by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a manner aimed to intimidate and humiliate Odhikar.

The notice was issued on 18 May 2016 under sections 19 and 20 of the Anti Corruption Commission Act 2004, which Odhikar received on 22 May 2016 at 5-30 p.m.. The notice alleged Odhikar of money laundering. The ACC has alleged that Euro 97,000 has been deposited as ‘remittance’ to the Standard Chartered Bank account of Odhikar.

In its reply to the ACC, Odhikar categorically denies the charges and established that the actual amount available in the account is Euro 97,501.07, which is part of a contribution made by the European Union (EU) to help Odhikar implement the ‘Education on the Convention against Torture and OPCAT Awareness Program in Bangladesh’. It was credited to Odhikar’s account with the Standard Chartered Bank with the permission of the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB). Odhikar made some initial withdrawals to implement the above mentioned EU project.

However, the NGOAB revoked its approval and that reflects the now pending amount in the bank. This arbitrary decision has seriously hampered the implementation of the project.

FORUM-ASIA condemns the systematic intimidation, harassment and attempted defamation of Odhikar by levelling baseless allegations of money laundering. It strongly urges the Government of Bangladesh to stop harassing civil society organisations, and abide by its human rights commitments, which includes unhindered space for civil society organisations. FORUM-ASIA also calls on the international community, including the EU, to take all measures necessary to end the persecution of civil society members in Bangladesh.

For a pdf version of this statement, click here.

For further inquiries, please contact: