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Sheikh Saifullah

Sheikh Saifullah

HRD, Environmental Rights Defender, Community Leader
Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association

Sheikh Saifullah is an environmental rights defender and a member of the Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA). He has been an active  community leader working on issues of the environment, especially on matters of illegal land occupation.


Human rights defenders in Bangladesh face judicial harassment, arbitrary arrest, fabricated charges, abduction, physical attacks, torture and extrajudicial killings. HRDs working on different rights issues – including indigenous peoples' rights, economic social and cultural rights, women’s rights, migrant rights, labour rights, LGBTI rights, freedom of expression, police brutality, extra-judicial killings and disappearances, and sexual and reproductive rights – report decreasing their public activism and online writings in their area of expertise.