Do not show audacity

NHRC chair asks law enforcers

Staff Correspondent
Discussants attend a meeting on ‘Human Rights in Bangladesh-2016’ organised by the University of Asia Pacific law department at its auditorium on Thursday. — New Age photo

Discussants attend a meeting on ‘Human Rights in Bangladesh-2016’ organised by the University of Asia Pacific law department at its auditorium on Thursday. — New Age photo

National Human Rights Commission chairman Mizanur Rahman on Thursday said that the members of law enforcing agencies should not act audaciously with the common people and they should realise that they were getting salaries from the taxes paid by the common people.
He said this while he was addressing a roundtable on ‘Human Rights in Bangladesh – 2016’ organised by the department of Law and Human Rights of University of Asia Pacific at its conference room at Green Road in the capital.
Referring to the forced disappearance and extrajudicial killings in the country, Mizan said it could not be acceptable.
‘The state cannot avoid its responsibility’, he added.
Regarding the High Court judges writing judgement after their retirement, he said law does not clear many things but we should see what the practice is.
Referring to the example of US Supreme Court where judges get holidays for writing judgements, he urged the judges of Bangladesh to find out a way to come out of the practice of writing judgements after retirement.
‘However, there should not be any political debate in this connection,’ the NHRC chief said.
Senior jurist Kamal Hossain, referring to the history of Bangalee nation and focusing on the constitution, said that most of the martyrs sacrificed their lives for the cause of upholding human rights.
He urged the people to be active, become unite, gather strength and to be vocal to establish their rights.
He pointed out improper investigation by the law enforcing agencies as one of the main reasons for not establishing rule of law.
Referring to recent activities of law enforcers, UAP vice-chancellor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, who chaired the roundtable, lamented that if the disciplined forces think themselves as ‘king,’ it is a bad signal for the society.
Senior jurist Shahdeen Malik referred to the constitutional safeguard for not forcing one to testify against himself and said that newspaper reports in past 2 years showed that there was no incident that the police sought remand for anyone and they were denied.
‘We know what remand is. This means one is forced to testify against himself,’ the senior jurist said.
Former NHRC chairman justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury stressed on proper investigations on each of so-called crossfire or gunfight for the sake of the image of the country.
It should not be thought that someone would come from outside and would uphold our rights, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh professor Salimullah Khan said, adding that the country’s people themselves have to work to ensure their rights.
Campaign for Popular Education Rasheda K Chowdhury, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanom, UAP board of trustee chairperson Qayum Reza Chowdhury, treasurer Ishfaq Hai Chowdhury, International Crimes Tribunal’s prosecutor Tureen Afroz and jurist Tania Amir, among others, also spoke at the programme.

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