About Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development (BCHRD)
Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development (BCHRD) was founded in 1994 as a follow up to the national non-government organization entitled “National Trauma free Bangladesh and property reduction.” Since its conception, the BCHRD has been on a path of constant growth while staying focused on its one main objective: to provide immediate assistance and rehabilitation for the trauma victims, especially victims of torture, victims of violence against marginal children and women of this country.
BCHRD is an independent, autonomous, non-governmental, and non-profit institution for the dissemination of human rights and legal education to the poor and oppressed sectoral groups. Experiencing a traumatic event can cause extreme mental or physical anguish can affect a person’s ability to cope. Individuals have different capacities for dealing with stress. When someone no longer has the energy or cannot muster the capability to deal with an overwhelming stress load, it’s time to call in a trauma counselor. Individuals in this profession are trained to use skilled techniques that help diminish negative emotions and fear.
Problems narrated above will be addressed by empowering religious minority communities to advocate for the implementation of their human rights, including freedom of religion and peace at the local, national, regional, and international level effectively. Our commitment is protecting and promoting freedom of religion and peace by supporting human rights defenders in Bangladesh, advocate for religious groups to promote sustainable development within their communities, and challenge governmental practices that violate fundamental rights with key national and international decision-makers.
The issue of violence against religious minority communities, including indigenous groups, often scattered in isolated areas, are common. The purposes of inflicting violence on these communities are often related to overtaking their inherited land, destruction of houses, rape, killing, and property vandalism. Most religious minority communities in Bangladesh are poor, illiterate, and live isolated within their community. Violence against religious minority takes different forms and include looting, burning of houses, forcefully stealing lands, and organized rape of women by the powerful local officials that are often supported by local law enforcing agencies. In most cases, the police deny responsibility. Raising attention to the particular human rights, social, political, economic, and cultural issues and also land rights of all indigenous and tribal marginalized groups in Bangladesh, our organization will develop and initiate efforts and activities to mainstream the problem of all marginalized tribal groups in Bangladesh. These efforts will address the major socio-cultural, economic and political issues faced by religious marginalized groups in Bangladesh. Our commitment is to continue the dialogue on the Draft Anti-Discrimination Laws with National Human Rights within Bangladesh and creating pressure groups for making the Anti-Discrimination Laws to raise positive awareness against discrimination and the need for rights to life, Dalits issue, and sustainable development of their communities among in-country populations and the international community.