Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) is a coalition of 20 human rights and development organisations working for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. Started in 2007, the Forum was initially titled Human Rights Forum on Universal Periodic Review (HR-UPR Forum) since its main objective was to collectively prepare the Stakeholders Report to submit under the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council. Later in 2012, the Forum has been transformed into Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB), expanding its remit to more comprehensive range of human rights issues going beyond the task of reporting under UN human rights mechanisms. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) is the secretariat of the Forum.

Values

The Forum is committed to and guided by the values of democracy, justice, rule of law and accountable governance as well as universality of human rights, based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Vision

The Forum works with a vision of Bangladesh where human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution and international human rights law, will be fully and equally promoted and protected without any bias or discrimination.

Mission

The Forum wants to build a human rights culture in Bangladesh through: developing and sharing knowledge, information and awareness; raising a collective voice against all human rights violations; and providing a platform for building informative and objective discourse, and taking proactive action to prevent violations, and to protect and promote human rights.

Objectives

The objectives of the Forum are:

    1. To create a platform for CSOs in Bangladesh to use national and international mechanisms to protect and promote human rights;

    2. To undertake various activities to collect information for preparing reports, briefings, policy documents and recommendations, for lobbying and advocacy with various national and international stakeholders within and outside Bangladesh, in order to build the capacity of the State to protect and promote human rights;

    3. To raise a collective voice against incidences of human rights violations and advocate for justice; and

    4. Strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders and promoters across the country, and enhance the scope of collaboration and coordination between stakeholders, including the Government, civil society and media at both national and local levels.

Steering Committee Members

Sheepa Hafiza
Executive Director
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)

Ranjan Karmaker
Executive Director
Steps Towards Development (Steps)

Sanjeeb Drong
General Secretary
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum

Sara Hossain
Honorary Executive Director
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Selina Ahmed Ena
Executive Director
Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF)

Shaheen Anam
Executive Director
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)

Shale Ahmed
Executive Director
Bandhu Social Welfare Society

Zakir Hossain
Chief Executive
Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen’s Initiative)

Member Organisations of HRFB

  1. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
  2. Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF)
  3. Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD)
  4. Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS)
  5. Bangladesh Adivasi Forum
  6. Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM)
  7. Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS)
  8. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
  9. Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP)
  10. Fair
  11. Kapaeeng Foundation
  12. Karmojibi Nari (KN)
  13. Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)
  14. Nagorik Uddyog
  15. Naripokkho
  16. National Alliance of Disabled Peoples Organizations (NADPO)
  17. Nijera Kori
  18. Steps Towards Development (Steps)
  19. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)
  20. Women Disabilities Development Foundation (WDDF)

Secretariat
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)

Convenor
Sheepa Hafiza