About Me

I, Advocate Shahanur Islam (Saikot), fully dedicated for the well being of the victim of violation, especially for ethnic, religious, political and sexually minority people as well as torture, extrajudicial killing, involuntary disappearance and organized violence in Bangladesh through providing support of lodging the suit against the perpetrators in pro bono basis.

I am also engaged to document the incident of human rights violation through conduct the fact finding investigation visiting the spot as well as issue urgent appeal/ action to make sensitise to the concerned authority regarding the specific human rights violation as well as issue press release and press statement.

I attended different capacity building training programme on health, human rights, legal rights and legal proceeding in national and international level. I also attend different seminar, meeting, and workshop in country and abroad.

I am the first ever lawyer in Bangladesh who moved the case against RAB & Military personnel alleging killing by torture on behalf of the aggrieved persons in pro bono basis. I am also the first person who raised the voice at Dutch parliament and European parliament for recognition of LGBT right in Bangladesh.

Furthermore, I presented many papers on legal & human rights issues in different seminar in country and abroad including Dutch Parliament and European Parliament.

A lot of article written by me has been published in diffrent electronic and print media including the Daily JaiJai Din, the Daily Manabzamin, the Daily Songram, Bangla News 24.com.

I have been received repeated threats, death threats, intimidation, arbitrary arrest, detention, ill treatment, physically assult and harassment by the law and security personnel and also local powerful group due to activity and voice against torture, extra judicial killing, organized violence as well as ensuring ethnic, religious, social and sexual minority rights in Bangladesh.

I am awarded the JusticeMakers Fellowship 2010 by International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), Switzerland due to play vital role to protect and promote human rights especially torture, extrajudicial killing, ethnic, religious, political and sexual minority rights in Bangladesh.

My Present Involvement

27 Bijoynagar, Dhaka
Secretary General
JusticeMakers Bangladesh
58/1 Kakrail, Dhaka
Former Country Observer
The Hague, Netherlands