Hotline (HRs) Bangladesh
“At the center of the message of which the Church is the Trustee and Herald, it finds inspiration for action in favour of brotherhood, justice and peace; and against all forms of domination, slavery, discrimination, violence, attacks on religious liberty and aggression against human beings and whatever attacks life.” Gaudium et Spes : Vatican Council ll
What is HotlineHotline (Human Rights) Bangladesh is a non-profitable human rights organisation. It has been active since February 1981 in Bangladesh. It worked as a project of the Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the Hotline Coordinating Office for Human Rights in Asia/Oceania located at the Center for Progress of Peoples, Hong Kong.
Its Origin & Affiliation with CJPThe Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) is one of the many Commissions of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB). After the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960’s in 1967 a Vatican Commission for Justice and Peace was established by Pope Paul Vl and he encouraged the Bishops’ Conferences of every nation to create a National Commission. Each National Commission is completely independent. The Commission for Justice and Peace in Bangladesh was founded on 12 June 1974.
Hotline Asia was set up by the Office of the Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference after the First Asian Consultation on Justice and Peace in Tokyo in 1979. Hotline Bangladesh began to work from February 1981 under the CJP at the CJP office located at the Caritas Central Office and was financed from its head office in Hong Kong. The CJP was its local guardian. Hotline Bangladesh had a fulltime extension worker for human rights work and for networking among other human rights and similar national organisations.
Goals of Hotline
- To delineate clearly the main injustices in the country and to ascertain their causes;
- To create awareness of social issues, peaceful solutions of family and local conflicts, help with legal advice to solve problems outside the courts and assist the victims with legal aid through the human rights net-work and legal aid organisations;
- To register protests, when and if judged prudent, to relevant authorities over obvious injustices;
- To suggest ways to aid the victims of injustice and oppression.