Bangladesh Human Rights Development Commission (BHRDC) is a non-profitable, non-political, non-Governmental, Charitable and voluntary organization which has been working for Access to Justice, Human Rights, Research and Advocacy, Forest and Environment. BHRDC also working health, education socio-economic and rural disadvantaged people.

The main activities of the BHRDC are given below :

  • Record incidents of human rights abuses and disseminate for social sensitization and policy advocacy for improvement of the human rights situation
  • Sensitize law enforcement agencies to make them responsible to maintain standards for treatment of suspects and refrain from using excessive force
  • Disseminate information about human rights through the print and electronic media
  • Mobilize human rights defenders through networking and advocacy
  • Initiate dialogue among relevant stakeholders including government officials, political parties, media, civil society organizations and human rights defenders for restoration of rights and dignity
  • Provide professional development opportunities for Bangladeshi journalist and community members in use of ICT
  • Build capacity or community members, civil society representatives in promoting rights issues in rural areas in order to achieve Vision 2021 in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Enable significant and sustainable reduction of the dependency of poor households on children’s hazardous and exploitative work in selected areas by 2015
  • Improve children’s working conditions in selected areas and use lessons learned to promote similar approaches
  • Ensure the activities of key actors in the implementation of ILO Convention 182 and the preparation of the Time Bound Programmer for the Elimination of Child Labour (TBP) are in consultation with children and uphold children’s best interest
  • To increase the capacity of the State in combating violence against children, especially girls
  • To radically reduce the number of children held in custody through the development and advocacy of alternatives to custody and the provision of legal support
  • To improve access to relevant information and services on health, particularly sexual and reproductive health for adolescents, enabling them to protect themselves against STIs and HIV/AIDs, in a friendly environment
  • To work with key nutrition stakeholders, including Government of Bangladesh to develop effective approaches for combating child malnutrition, as alternatives to the current Growth Monitoring and Promotion approaches
  • Strategic partnerships to build linkages between NGO and GO education programmers focusing on inclusiveness and quality have been developed and sustained
  • Examples of good practice (role models) of inclusive, child-friendly learning environments for change and replication have been developed
  • Safeguard children in emergency through preparedness and response

Goal of the Commission

  • Emphasize the issues relating to human rights to the relevant stakeholders, including the government
  • Motivate human rights activities to work with the community to protect human rights
  • Reduce the incidents of political violence, violence against women and torture and ill-treatment and human rights abuses at the border areas through active engagement with the related sectors
  • Advocacy to ensure better access to justice for disadvantaged
  • Increased capacity building of duty bearers to activate local level justice
  • Access to formal and informal justice system increased
  • Awareness buildup program on air pollution, industrial pollution, environmental issues, health, education, drugs, HIV/AIDS/STD, Acid throw, poverty alleviation and rehabilitation program
  • Institutional capacity of BHRDC strengthened
  • Development of the rural poorer and socially marginalized children

Objectives of the Commission

  • To encourage healthy living by conducting projects which alleviates environmental pollution
  • To undertake project on air pollution, industrial pollution and other environmental issues for supporting safe survival
  • To develop and distribute information, education and communication materials on environment, health
  • To undertake project for health the development of education and welfare services on primary health care, nutrition, mother and child health care, family planning to the members and the related persons
  • To undertake and carry on any human resource and humanitarian or charitable programs for the poor and underprivileged people acid and Anti-drugs development production, Stop acid program and other allied program
  • To take up programs for promotion of education, culture, literature, fine art, science and technology
  • Protection of children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation
  • Community-managed mechanisms in place, under the leadership of local authorities, to protect 10 million children, including 50,00,000 of the most vulnerable, in seven divisions from the forms of violence, abuse and exploitation of greatest concern to them leading to 10% reduction in the incidence of serious violence against the most vulnerable children
  • 50,000 children coming into conflict with law per year in 30 districts protected from unnecessary institutionalization and all institutionalized children benefit from a protective, educative environment
  • National policies and laws reformed to empower communities and local authorities to protect 55 million children nationwide from violence, abuse and exploitation
  • Provide the household economic security-poverty, nutrition and hunger to the rural poor