Human Rights Commission & International Commission of Jurists roundtable
-- Summarised by Neelofar Haram
The Bangladesh Human Rights Commission
is a non-governmental organisation. A roundtable between the BHRC and
the ICJ was held on November 6. Speaker at the roundtable on said that
about 93 per cent police officers of Bangladesh were thoroughly corrupt.
The round table was
held in CARITAS auditorium. The meeting was chaired by Justice AKM Sadique,
member Law Commission Government of Bangladesh and Chairman of BHRC. Mr.
Ravinder Joshi Legal Advisor of commonwealth desk of ICJ was the main
speaker. While Mr. Ferit Ergin Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Rev.
Monsignor First Secretary of Vatican Embassy of Dhaka, BHRC Secretary
General Md. Saiful Islam Dildar, Chief Legal Advisor of BHRC Dr. Kazi
Aktar Hamid, Member of National Executive Committee of BHRC Mosharraf
Hussain Chowdhury, Director of Coordinating Council for Human Rights in
Bangladesh Mr. Anowarul Azim, Chief Executive of Democracy Watch Ms. Taleya
Rahman, Prominent Human Rights Activist Dr. AKM Saifullah also took part
in the discussion.
The main article was read out in the meeting by Dr. ASM Badruddoza National
Advisor of BHRC. Representatives from different Foreign Embassies, Head
of the human rights organizations and leader from different branches of
BHRC joined the round table.
The ICJ is going to start with legal aid to the victims, especially trauma
victims, women and children and also to resist trafficking of women and
children in South Asian countries from this year. In the round table meeting
the speakers put emphasis on the present human rights position in Bangladesh
including South Asia and World situation on the issue.
ICJ legal advisor Mr. Ravinder Joshi welcomed current anti crime drive
with the assistance of Bangladesh armed forces by saying the move was
not extra constitutional.
Mr. Joshi said calling of defence forces to aid civil administration under
certain constitution was rather a rightful step which many countries around
the globe have been following.
Responding different questions on deployment of armed forces to combat
crime, which was essentially a police task, Joshi who is also an Indian
national, said maintaining law and order situation is the foremost duty
of any government. "Certainly government deserved the right to call
army in such cases" he added.
But Human Rights organisations and activists should be watchful whether
any such drive led to any kind of abuses, Joshi said.
Dr. Badruddoza alleged that the police of our country did not want to
move without bribe in most cases while a person seeks help. "The
women fail to get any help from the police without giving bribe when they
go to the thana for a shelter from any types of repression, he added.
He also said about 6000 women of Bangladesh were being trafficked abroad
every year, but the law enforcement authority could not tackle the situation
Ravinder Joshi expressed hope to work with the BHRC on behalf of the trafficked
women and children of Bangladesh.
He also said ICJ is a International human rights organization which worked
for the people of the grass root level of the world.
Saiful Islam Dildar said Tribunal for the speedy trial, was introduced
by the present government would improve the repression on the women and
the children along with other crimes.
Describing about some of the judiciary system of Bangladesh, Justice AKM
Sadeque said that the Government was trying to save the people from any
types of harassment usually to the women and children.
It may be mention that BHRC is working in Bangladesh and others part of
the subcontinent on Human Rights as member of ICJ of the last 5 years.
-- Advocate Nasreen Ahmed, Director, BHRC