Press release

UK: ARTICLE 19 regional director Tahmina Rahman honoured

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19 Jun 2017



Tahmina Rahman has been honoured with an MBE in recognition of her  services to freedom of expression and the right to information in Bangladesh.  Rahman, regional director, ARTICLE 19, Bangladesh and South Asia, has been put under the order’s Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. 

"I am extremely pleased that Tahmina is being honoured for her work in defending and promoting freedom of expression and information. Under her leadership, the ARTICLE 19 regional office in Dhaka has achieved many notable successes and helped improve the lives of many in Bangladesh. Recognition for her work by the UK government clearly demonstrates the commitment and impact that Tahmina and her team are achieving," said Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, Thomas Hughes

Rahman has a distinguished career in promoting human rights. For about a decade now, she conducted human rights projects on freedom of expression (FoE) and access to information speaking out as a staunch advocate for the promotion of FoE, and protection of journalists and social media communicators. 

She has advocated for media reforms and has represented civil society organisations as a member in various National Committees of the Government. She leads ARTICLE 19’s flag-ship annual country reports on FoE in Bangladesh and at the UN has highlighted challenges to FoE in Bangladesh through UPR submissions. After the grotesque attacks on individual bloggers in Bangladesh in 2015-2016, Rahman has been particularly active in providing support to communicators under threat. During this period her work included the creation of an ARTICLE 19 12-point Charter of Rights for the protection of online expression in Bangladesh.

Active in the promotion of women’s rights, Rahman has also been a driving force against discrimination and gender-based censorship in the Bangladeshi media. Her work includes promoting tolerance within the framework of Rabat Plan of Action in Bangladesh.

Rahman studied law at the University of Dhaka and has a Master in Laws from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She was a McArthur fellow at Harvard University and has recently been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and Rule of Law. Awarded for the first time, in 2016, jointly by Germany and France to human rights defenders from around the world, the prize honors the work of the recipients for demonstrating great civic courage in order to improve the protection of human rights in their respective countries.