ABOUT US


Humanitywatch is a non-government non-profit making voluntary organisation formed in 1998 by some progressive sociocultural activists to work for common goods. Humanitywatch obtained legal status on 13 February 2005 under the Societies Act XXI of Bangladesh vide registration number 119/2005. Humanitywatch is mainly depends on voluntary contribution of the members, sympathisers and volunteers who are working intensively with the poor, marginal and underprivileged biodiversity dependant people i.e. forest people, indigenous communities, marginal farmers and climate forced migrants.
The organization started its journey with blood and eye donation program and donated more than 10,000 bags of blood to the poor and vulnerable patients. Through the relief work in flood of 2000 & 2002, the organization realized that the floods of southwest coastal region are the effect of unplanned development initiatives. From the realization, humanitywatch had taken some programs to meet the problems of the region such as Series Dialogue on the Rights of Subalterns: local & global perspective, Movement against water logging, Study on human rights situation of southwest region, Study on economic justice of child labours in Khulna and observation of national and international days related with human rights and justice.

Vision: To establish poverty free, environment friendly secular society of equity

Mission: To organize campaign, advocacy and research from the perspective of humanity for ensuring rights of the oppressed, economic justice, justice to the environment and alternative development towards a right-based developed country.

Primary Stakeholders: Forest peoples, Small and marginal farmers, Indigenous communities and socially excluded groups, working Children, agro-labours and labours in the informal sectors.

Secondary Stakeholders: Civil Society Representatives, Peoples Movement Leaders, Cultural Activists, Journalists, Development Activists, Student Movement Activists, Business Persons, Political Leaders and Policy Makers

Working Area: Humanitywatch is directly working in the south-west coastal region of Bangladesh such as Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jessore and Narail districts. The orgnaisation also has a strong network with other partner organisations in all over the country including Bagerhat, Barguna, Barisal, Bhola, Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar, Dhaka, Gaibandha, Jessore, Narail, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Sylhet district.

Legal Identity: Humanitywatch is registered as a non-profit-making organisation under Society Act XXI under Joint Stock Companies and Firms of the Government of Bangladesh vide registration number 119/2005, dated 13 February 2005.

Executive Committee: 
A 7-members Executive Committee (EC) is elected for every 5 years and responsible to govern the organisation between 2 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General Body (GB) Members. The present EC of Humanitywatch consists dynamic leadership from social, cultural, academic and financial background and sits once in each 3 months to oversee policies, progress in project implementation and overall management of the Chief Executive and other employees. The members of present (2010-2015) Executive Committee are:

SL Name Position Occupation
1 Saroj Das Pintu Chairperson Regional Finance Coordinator, Karim Group of Companies (KGC), Khulna
2 Palash Das Vice-Chairperson Human Rights Activist
3 Tariq Rahman Vice-Chairperson Senior Sub-Editor, Daily Jugantor, Dhaka
4 Shariful Islam Salim General Secretary Cultural Activist, Proprietor, Twinkle Enterprise, Khulna
5 Md Rasel Assistant Secretary Development Activist
6 Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul Executive Member Divisional Coordinator, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Khulna
7 Lithu Rani Mondal Executive Member Cultural Activist
Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee of Humanitywatch is formed with involvement of learned and most honourable persons of the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh. The advisory committee provides overall guidance to the Executive Committee and review the progress of organisation through its Half Yearly Meeting. Currently the Advisory Committee has 10 members from social service, business, academic, political and cultural background. The present (2010-2013) Advisers are:

SL #
Name
Occupation
1.       
Dr. Baharul Alam
Managing Director, APC Pharmaceuticals Limited, Khulna; Central Vice President, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA)
2.       
Professor Anowarul Kadir
Environmental Economist; Columnist; Executive Director, Sundarban Academy, Khulna
3.       
Rafiqul Huq Khokon
President, Khulna City Committe and Member, National Council, Bangladesh Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD)
4.       
Professor Dilip Kumar Datta, Ph.D.
Professor, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University; Former Head of the Discipline
5.       
Nazrul Islam Manju
President, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khulna City Committee; Member of Parliament (MP), Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad
6.       
S A Rashid
Secretary, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Khulna District Committee
7.       
Gouranga Nandy
Environmentalist; Social Researcher; Khulna Contributor, BBC Bangla; Khulna Bureau Chief, Daily Kaler Kantho
8.       
Mahbub Ahmed
Founder President, Humanitywatch; Managing Director, Dream Unlimited, Dhaka
9.       
Dr. Avilash Roul
Former Executive Director, NGO Forum on ADB, Manila

General Members: The 19-members General Committee is the most powerful and supreme organ of Humanitywatch. The general body consists members from all sectors of the society. Usually it sits at least once a year to examine the achievements and performance, approve the annual programme and finance reports and elect the Executive Committee for every 5 years. Each of General Committee members are playing important roles in different committees of campaign, advocacy and Blood Donation programme. Executive Body is solely responsible to the General Committee for its activities. The General Committee membership reviewed each year according to their involvement with the organisation, opportunity to engage in organisational development and performance to achieve the vision and mission of the organisation. Present General Committee members are:
SL #
Name
Present Occupation
1.     
Saroj Das Pintu
Regional Manager, Karim Group of Companies, Khulna
2.     
Tariq Rahman
Sub-Editor, Daily Jugantor, Dhaka
3.     
Hasan Mehedi
Chief Executive, Humanitywatch
4.     
Shariful Islam Salim
Programme Coordinator, Humanitywatch
5.     
Md. Rasel
Development Activist
6.     
Munir Hossain
Social Activist
7.     
HMA Mannan             
Electrician, Anannya Group of Companies, Dhaka
8.     
Shahnaz Parvin
Teacher, Secondary School, Khulna
9.     
Asad-Uz-Zaman Asad
Junior Consultant, Access to Information (A2I), UNDP, Prime Minister's Office, Dhaka
10.   
Ariful Islam Sumon
Student
11.   
Palash Das
Project Coordinator, AOSED, Khulna
12.   
Kaniz Humayara Poly
Lawyer
13.   
Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul
Divisional Coordinator, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Khulna
14.   
Mohammad Ali Swapon
Private Service
15.   
Nasim Rahman Kiron
Finance Secretary, Natyalok, Khulna
16.   
Nasrin Akter
Executive Officer, ORG Quest Limited, Dhaka
17.   
Sheikh Hasan Mahfuz
Businessman
18.   
Tariqul Islam Bappi
Social Worker
19.   
Cultural Activist

Alternative Members: The Alternative Members are main force of the organisation. They are selected from social, political, cultural and peoples movements, and from students who desire a change in the society. Alternative Members are involved in the Blood Donation Program, Campaign, Research and Advocacy programmes. Each year a number of Alternative Members get full-membership according to their performance, devotion and contribution to the objectives of Humanitywatch. Present Alternative members are: