Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Law and Mediation Center

Bangladesh

Email: ask@citechco.net

Website: http://www.askbd.org

Tel: + 880-2-8100192, 8100195, 8100197 Fax: + 880-2-8100187

Contact person:
ask@citechco.net

About:

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) is a national legal aid and human rights organisation, established in 1986. Its goal is to create a society based on equality, social and gender justice and rule of law. It seeks to generate an environment for accountability and transparency of governance institutions. Initial work was limited to providing free legal services to the disempowered. Target groups were women, working children and workers in Dhaka city.

Over the last 28 years, ASK has developed a comprehensive approach to promotion, protection and prevention in the area of legal assistance and human rights.

ASK strategies are to:

• Promote human rights awareness and community activism,
• Offer legal aid through mediation and litigation, while survivors are given psycho-social counselling,
• Investigate human rights violations and document them supplemented by research, which together lead to media campaigns to defend human rights, and
• Undertake public interest litigation for law and policy reform.

ASK’s advocacy is carried out both at the national and international level. ASK is committed to attaining gender equality in every sphere of life. ASK’s strategies focus specifically on protecting women’s rights. Concerns for civil and political rights are expressed through legal aid
to victims/survivors of arbitrary arrests, preventive detention, and by taking a stand on unlawful evictions, extra-judicial killings, torture and death in custody, condition of prisoners and interests of religious and ethnic minorities.

ASK has no political affiliation and adopts a non-partisan approach in defence of human rights. It is a membership based organisation with 26 general members – 17 women and nine men. A nine member executive committee is constituted currently by seven women and two men, who meet regularly to decide on policy matters. The general members meet once a year. It has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

Address:

7/17, Block-B, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh