Against Involuntary

Criminalization of politics and violence
Mass arrest of opposition party activists, suppression and
hindrance to freedom of assembly
Dhaka North and South City Corporation polls stayed
Extrajudicial killings
Death in jail
Torture, inhuman treatment and lack of accountability
Enforced disappearances
Public lynching
‘Extremism’ and human rights
Independence of the Judiciary
Interference on freedom of expression and the media
Cabinet approves the draft Digital Security Act 2018
Workers’ rights
Violence against Women
Aggressive policy of Indian government towards Bangladesh
Genocide against Rohingya people in Myanmar
Activities of Odhikar hindered

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A report based on the interviews of Families of Enforced

Disappearance in Bangladesh
Released on 30 January 2018

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Testimonials of Rohingya Victims

Compiled by Odhikar
January– November 2017


The name given to the Muslim minority community that resides in the western region of Myanmar's Rakhine (formally called Arakan) state is ‘Rohingya’. They have long been victims of human rights violations in the hands of the Burmese government and this has escalated to such extent that it is now seen as genocide against them. Their fundamental human rights have been denied completely to the extent of evicting them through a brutal process from their ancestral land where they have more than thousand year’s of history and tradition. However, the Myanmar government has continuously denied their citizenship. Such criminal activities of Myanmar government became even more dangerous when General Ne Win assumed power in 1962. Since then, the discrimination began to increase gradually against the Rohingya community. After 1970, recruiting members of the soldiers from Rohingya Muslims have closed. Prior to that, Rohingyas who were in the government service became the victims of widespread discrimination.1 The final st was taken by the Military junta in Myanmar to take away the citizenship of Rohingya people through passing the Citizenship Act on 15 October 1982. In that Act, there were three types of citizenship2 for Myanmar people but Rohingyas were not recognized as citizens. As a result, Rohingyas became refugee in their own land where they live for thousand years and faced severe restrictions to their movement. We continue to observe with concern how the Rohingya population has been facing genocide.

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Theme: Strengthening AFAD in its Second Decade of Struggle Towards
a More Effective and Enduring Response to Enforced Disappearance

Negombo, Sri Lanka
December 12-­‐17, 2017

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) recently held its 6th Congress in Negombo, Sri Lanka last December 12-­‐17, 2017. True to the theme of the Congress, the concerted efforts of the AFAD members have laid the foundation for further strengthening AFAD, and have prepared the organization to respond more effectively and consistently to enforced disappearance.

Below is a brief yet concise summary of the results of the recently concluded Congress.

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