ASM Nasiruddin Elan is the Executive Director
of a non- government organization in Bangladesh
called Odhikar. Odhikar
essentially deals with matters relating to human rights. Recently he visited US
on the invitation of the US State Department to join a program on Leadership.
During his trip to USA, he visited several cities and towns,
different organizations in the States and spoke to several people here. In this
exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Nasiruddin Elan narrates his
activities and experience in the USA .
In October 1994, Odhikar (a Bangla word that means
'rights') came into being with the aim 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