|ECOSOC Status:||Special Consultative|
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||House 35 (3rd floor), Road – 117
Gulshan, Dhaka – 1212,
|Region:||Southern and Eastern Asia|
Other:'Human rights; rule of law and migration.'
||Odhikar's main objective is to monitor human rights abuses in order to create a greater awareness of them and, in sodoing, to build a stronger democracy.
October 1994, Odhikar (a Bangla word that means ‘rights’) came into being with the aim to create a wider monitoring and awareness raising system on the abuse of civil and political rights. The principal objectives of the organisation are to raise the awareness of human rights and its various abuses, on the one hand and to create a vibrant democratic system through election monitoring on the other. The organisation also performs policy advocacy to address the current human rights situation. Odhikar has no field or branch offices. Instead, it has trained more than 150 people all over the country to be human rights defenders, who are relied upon for information outside Dhaka. These activities help contribute to eventual positive steps towards the creation of transparency and accountability in the responsible sectors of the government with an aim to improve its human rights record and to facilitate an active democracy with the participation of people from all sections of society