Human Rights

December 18, 2015

Lighting the way for migrant workers

Waiting at an airport on my way home from a trip to Malaysia, a man walked up to me hesitantly and asked if I could help him fill out his immigration card. He was a Bangladeshi man in his mid-40s. While filling out his documents, we started talking and I learned that he was on a migrant worker’s visa and used to be a chef at a resort. When I asked him if he was headed home for a vacation, he informed me with a stoic expression that he was being deported for being Hepatitis B positive.
November 26, 2015

Violence against women and girls: How long are we to remain silent?

Two out of three Bangladeshi women are forced to deal with some form of violence during their lifetime. This can be domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, trTwo out of three Bangladeshi women are forced to deal with some form of violence during their lifetime. This can be domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, trafficking or sexual harassment, these being the most prominent forms. If you are a woman, chances are you, or someone you know have already faced harassment or some other form of violence.afficking or sexual harassment, these being the most prominent forms. If you are a woman, chances are you, or someone you know have already faced harassment or some other form of violence.
October 4, 2015

Global goals: A girl from Uganda has made it her mission to change lives

As world leaders shepherd in a new era of international development with the UN's Global Goals, Basemera, a young girl in rural Uganda dreams about her future and that of her friends and family.
February 15, 2015

Measures that count: BRAC continues the fight against Ebola

“My name is Salimatu, I am 20 years old and an ELA member of the Kukubana club in Rokupr. I really do not know how I contracted the virus. One day, my aunt saw that I was bleeding, and I had a high fever. Knowing too well these are symptoms of the disease, she called the Ebola hotline (117) and they arrived later with an ambulance. I was taken to the Lakka treatment centre where I stayed for three weeks.
January 20, 2015

“Where’s My School Roof?”

This post originally appeared on the blog of the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project is an institutional partner of the Namati Justice Prize along with BRAC and the UN Development Programme. The Namati Justice Prize was created to shine a light on the ways people find to secure justice. This post also appeared on the Namati blog.
November 9, 2014

The land and its discontents: Can social enterprise and empathy help?

On 24 April crowds gathered along the dusty roads of a small village outside Rangpur as shouting cut through the air. In the centre of the fray a man and a woman stood screaming at each other. Some in the crowd held clear allegiances and joined in the shouting, but most stood silent and watched. The conflict was about land. A long-standing border dispute over an unused field between the two households had erupted into angry public displays, with both sides claiming ownership yet neither holding formal deeds to prove their claim.
August 19, 2014

Ordinary people, extraordinary feats

As we read this, there are millions of people in different corners of the world who are unsure if they will wake up alive in the morning due to their inhabitancy in conflict-ridden regions. There are people who brace themselves every morning to face another day of poverty or wonder if they will be able to afford medicine for their children.
February 26, 2014

Barefoot lawyers bring legal empowerment to the poor

Without basic legal empowerment, the poor live an uncertain existence, in fear of deprivation, displacement and dispossession
July 7, 2013

Legal literacy: From pedagogy to reality

An innovative approach to legal and human rights education targeting grassroots communities across Bangladesh was recently developed by BRAC’s Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) programme. This effort is steered by BRAC’s continuous journey to improve its existing services and ensure positive impact on human development activities.
June 21, 2013

The transformative potential of the poor

Progress can go beyond "inclusive growth." The poor themselves can be relied upon to help make the world a better place for us all.
October 11, 2011

Vagrants Law 2011: Why we are calling for a protest

In the early hours of 24 August, after several futile attempts to sleep, I found myself doing the opposite of what sleep experts recommend – reading the news. I was scrolling down the online edition BDNews. It’s a good thing I did what I did then, because within a few seconds one news item got me fully awake. It stated that a few hours before a new law on vagrants had been tabled and passed in Parliament! The report stated that this law “Vagrants and Shelterless Persons Act 2011” now permits, amongst other things, forcibly instituting the poor, the shelterless, beggars and vagrants into “shelter homes” through arrests, and would make it a punishable offence with imposition of jail term and fine for attempts to leave the shelter homes.
April 25, 2011

Justice for all: BRAC, Human Rights and Legal Services

Below is an article written by Akhila Kolisetty on her blog Justice for All.  Akhila recently graduated from Northwestern University and now works in D.C. for a civil rights law firm which uses litigation to advocate for the rights of racial minorities, the disabled, immigrants, refugees, prisoners & the indigent.  You can read her original article here.  Thanks Akhila!Lately, I have been researching legal aid organizations around the world to learn more about other access to justice models that provide effective legal assistance to the poor. Thankfully, I stumbled upon the gem that is BRAC: who knew they had a ‘legal empowerment‘ arm?