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01. Journalist training on human rights reporting.


02. Human rights advocacy distance learning course (Feb 17 - May 11 2003)


03. Human rights and anthropology:emerging challenges of the new millenium


04. Conference call for papers and announcement the history of human rights


05. Workshop on the use of advocacy tools for rights by ESDO

06. International (Hindu) human rights seminar  
07. Amnesty International publishes annual report 2003  
08.The 2002/2003 Commonwealth Photographic Awards  

10. It is an urgent report by World Health Organization (WHO)


11. India: Attacks on civilians unacceptable

12. GKP/Panos Media Award :Reporting on the Information Society  

13. Drishtipat revamps its website


14. 2004-05 Humphrey Law and Human Rights Fellows

15. No official fanfare for Nobel win in Iran  
16. Bangla Mayer Beer Meyera - A Campaign for the women of 1971 by Drish  
17. Praxis journal launched  
18. Bangladesh Journalism Training Program  
19. Drishtipat challenges banning of Ahmadiyya publications  
Drishtipat challenges banning of Ahmadiyya publications


Drishtipat, an expatriate Bangladeshi organization committed to safeguarding every individual's basic democratic and human rights rights, expresses its grave concerns over recent development
concerning the religious freedom and the security of the Ahmadia community in Bangladesh.

Drishtipat calls upon the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh to clarify that it will not engage in the business of declaring members of some community as "non-Muslims" and that it will guarantee that bigots and mobsters are not able to seize the houses of worship belonging to the Ahmadia community.

It has been reported in various Bangladesh newspapers that mobsters in Tejgaon, Dhaka organized by an anti-Ahmadi group gave the Government a one-week ultimatum to declare followers of the Ahmadia
community as "non-Muslims."

Drishtipat reminds the Government of Bangladesh of its obligations to uphold the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh adheres to the principles of equality before law and non-discrimination on grounds of religion. The relevant clauses (in Part III, Fundamental Rights Articles 27 and 28 of the Constitution of Bangladesh) state: "All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal
protection of law," and "The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race caste, sex or place of birth."

Article 18 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

Drishtipat maintains that the citizenship rights, including that of religious freedom and free speech, of the Ahmadias or anyone else, should not be contingent on their religious and theological beliefs. It would be abhorrent if the Government of Bangladesh succumbs to the demands of bigots calling for a particular community to be labeled as "non-Muslim." It would be a grave breach of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and fundamental human rights

The Bangladesh authorities need to ensure that any activities to incite violence and take over the property of a religious community are stopped. Protecting the rights of all religious communities in Bangladesh is a primary responsibility of the Government of Bangladesh and it is hoped that the concerned authorities will reject unlawful demands of bigots and prevent their attempts to illegally seize the property of any religious community.

Dirshtipat will actively monitor developments concerning this issue. It also shall be in consultation with Bangladeshi human rights organizations and international human rights organizations.

Public Document
Drishtipat, 11 December 2003

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