NHRI people profile: Kazi Arfan Ashik, NHRC
Graphic: Kazi Arfan Ashik
Each month, we’re profiling a committed staff member from one of our member institutions. This month, we feature Kazi Arfan Ashik, NHRC Bangladesh.
Name and job title:
Kazi Arfan Ashik, Director (Administration & Finance), National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC).
Could you tell us a bit about your role?
I am responsible for looking after the administrative and financial matters of the Commission. I am also in charge of arranging international programs of the Chairman, members and officials, arranging training, and maintaining international cooperation. I also work as the focal points of the APF, UNDP, GANHRI and other international organisations.
What do you love about your job?
I really love working for the people of my country, especially victims of human rights violations. I believe my job gives me a chance to serve the nation as well, because the NHRC works broadly for the promotion and protection of human rights of the people.
I also love managing relations with other NHRIs, international organisations such as the APF and GANHRI. This allows me to represent my country in the international arena and I'm able to learn more about international human rights situations and policies through my work.
What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is that the NHRC does not have executive power. It can only advise government on human rights issues. So sometimes lack of cooperation from government agencies makes my work a bit challenging. But the situation is improving gradually. Under the leadership of the present commission, the cooperation is far better now.
Why did you decide to work in human rights?
Being a graduate of Peace & Conflict Studies, I wanted to work for establishing peace in society. The human rights culture in my country is yet to be established and advocacy for that is needed. I thought working to establish a human rights culture would suit me best.
I am also passionate about helping disadvantaged sections of society; I wanted to work to uphold their rights. Thus, for me, I believe NHRC is the best organisation where I can work for ensuring human rights.
What is your proudest achievement?
Being a part of the NHRC I feel proud when any victim of human rights violation gets justice after the commission's intervention. I also feel proud when the government implements the NHRC's recommendations to improve the human rights situation of the country.
What is your favourite book?
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Date: 31 May 2021