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Shahed Kayes

Shahed Kayes

HRD, Policy and Program Director
Subornogram Foundation
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Green activists demand punishment to abductors of poet Kayes

We are living in an unjust world.  We need change and the change is possible.  To create a more just world, we need to address seriously Institutional Reform, Rule of Law, Good Governance, Human Rights and Democracy. 

Shahed Kayes is a teacher, poet, and human rights defender.  He graduated as an engineer in computer science and technology.  He initiated a movement for educating the dalit and deprived children of river-gipsy, cobbler, fisherfolk and indigenous communities in rural Bangladesh.

Apart from that, he also initiated a movement called ‘Save Mayadip Movement’ against the illegal sand mining to save twelve thousand fishermen’s homes, livelihood and environment at Mayadip-Nunertek island, surrounded by Meghna River in Bangladesh.  He has authored three books of poetry, and a edited book on Human Rights and Democracy in Asia.

The Subornogram Foundation was founded in 2003 by Bangladesh human rights activist Shahed Kayes to work with the marginalized communities that live along the Meghna River in Bangladesh and indigenous people in Bandarban, Chittagong district. The Foundation seeks to build a knowledge-based society in Bangladesh and defend the rights of women, children, and marginalized communities. It also promotes environmental awareness, Good Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy in Bangladesh. 


Human rights violations against HRDs are committed by both state and non-state actors including corporations, impunity remains one of the most serious issues of concern, particularly as fatal attacks on human rights defenders and journalsits become increasingly common.


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