The government yesterday reconstituted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by appointing a new chairman and six members.
Dr Mizanur Rahman, a law professor of Dhaka University, has been made new chairman of the commission.
President Zillur Rahman also appointed six new members of the commission, as its incumbent Chief Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury will go into retirement this week and two members have already retired.
The new members of the commission are--former secretary Kazi Reazul Haque, also executive director of Legal Education and Training Institute; advocate Fawzia Karim Feroze, a Supreme Court lawyer; Dr Giasuddin Mollah, a professor of the department of political science of DU; Aroma Dutta, executive director of PRIP Trust; Selina Hossain, executive director of Faria Lara Foundation and also a former director of the department of research, anthology and folk of Bangla Academy; and Niru Kumar Chakma, a professor of DU and also a former member of the NHRC.
Mizanur Rahman in a reaction to the appointment told The Daily Star that his office will work with a view to making people aware about human rights and establishing the rule of law to ensure people's welfare like the human rights commissions of other countries.
The government will have to tolerate criticism if any of its offices violates human rights of the people, he added.
The legislative and parliamentary affairs division of the ministry of law, justice and parliamentary affairs yesterday issued a gazette notification in this regard, a law ministry press release said.
The president has made the appointments as per the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2009, it said.
Kazi Reazul Haque has been appointed as the permanent member of the NHRC while five others as its honorary members.
Mizanur Rahman will get facilities including salary and other allowances equivalent to those of a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, and Kazi Reazul Haque will get facilities equivalent to those of a judge of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.
The honorary members will get fixed honorarium and allowance for attending the meetings and for discharging other duties of the NHRC, the release added.