Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Bangladesh Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Bangladesh. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

1/1 Pioneer Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Tel:0088-02-8313689, 9349125
Fax: 0088-02-9347107
Email: mailatblast [dot] org [dot] bd

BLAST is a partner organisation of UNHCR who provides legal assistance and advice to the disadvantaged.

Odhikar- Bangladesh

Tel: 88-02-9888587
Fax : 88-02-9886208
Email: odhikar [dot] bdatgmail [dot] com

In  1994, Odhikar (a Bangla word that means ‘rights’) was established 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 300 people all over the country to be human rights defenders, who provide information from outside Dhaka. It has developed a strong network of partners and human rights defenders not only all over Bangladesh, but also in the region. Odhicar is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

OKUP (Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program)

542, Mridha Plaza, South Dania, Dhaka-1236, Bangladesh
Tel: +88 02 7553737
Cell: +88 01819 224308
Helpline: +88 01842 773300;
Fax: +88 02 7553737
Email: okup [dot] entatgmail [dot] com

Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) works to promote human rights based on the principles of substantive equality and non- discrimination. OKUP works as a voice for the promotion and protection of migrant rights in all stages of migration; pre-departure, post-arrival and during reintegration.

OKUP's innovative projects include pre-departure information, post-arrival intervention and counselling for vulnerable migrants and refugees in cooperation with local organizations in destination countries. They also assist in return/repatriation and social reintegration through airport pick-ups, providing shelter, psychological counselling and legal and medical assistance. They facilitate economic reintegration through the investment of remittances for business venture and provide vocational training. OKUP empowers migrants, refugees and their families/communities through unity, capacity building and leadership.

OKUP has a respected position in migrant communities through peer outreach network. Over the years, OKUP has conducted substantial research and study in collaboration with CARAM Asia, UNDP and IOM.


Bandhu Social Welfare Society

99 Kakrail, 2nd and 3rd Floor, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.
Phone: 01675130045 & 0171663667 
Fax: 02 9330148
Email: premangshuatbandhu-bd [dot] org

Bandhu social welfare society offers counselling services, general physical and emotional wellbeing and support and they have a legal support officer. They also issue a yearly report on the work that they do in and around Bangladesh to help integrate sexual minorities into society in a more comprehensive manner.

Boys of Bangladesh

Email: info [dot] bob [dot] bdatgmail [dot] com

Online advocacy group created in 2002 with the intention of providing a forum and physical space for LGBT’s to meet. They now have an office in Dhaka and are dedicated to advocating equal rights for LGBTI’s.