ILC Asia Lifetime Achievement Recognition for Shamsul Huda of Bangladesh
Shamsul Huda receives the Asia Lifetime Recognition for his outstanding commitment and contribution on advocating minority and marginalised's land rights for more 33 years.
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 01st April 1948, Shamsul Huda has 33 years experience of working in the field of Land Rights, Human Rights and Good Governance. Previously worked for the National Apex Body of the NGOs in Bangladesh called ADAB as Director for five years, the founding Director of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (F.N.B) for more than 3 years. Shamsul is currently the Executive Director of the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).
Under the leadership of Shamsul, the only public land (Khas land) distribution policy evolved back in 1987 due to the countrywide people’s opinion and demand raising campaign and advocacy. This single policy enabled more than 8,700 acres of land to the 20,016 landless women and men peasants per year to access land for their survival.
Shamsul also coordinated the National Flood Disaster Management of the NGOs that facilitated coordination between NGOs, Govt. and Donor Agencies during the Huge Flood in 1998. This is an exemplary milestone in the country’s history ever, an example of how to stand by the side of humanity in need.
Before entering the development sector, he was active in journalism to amplify the voices of the marginalised communities. During this period, many times he was being criminalized and imprisoned.
Worked as Founder Editor of the LAND, a journal published by ALRD from 1992 to 1996, he was one of the authors of the article “Politico- Economic Essence of Ethnic Conflicts in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh” by Professor Abul Barkat and Shamsul Huda published in Social Science Review, University of Dhaka, 1988.
As a Governing Board member of International Land Coalition (ILC), Sahmsul Huda worked on ILC’s strategy and program development for Asia, Africa and Latin America to address the issues pertinent to Poor, Women and Indigenous peoples access to land, tenurial security of poor farmers, and also worked for water rights as part of natural resource management.
For his achievements, ILC Asia acknowledges Shamsul Huda as eligible to receive the Asia Lifetime Achievement Recognition.