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12:00 AM, July 09, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 09, 2012

Draft Wildlife, Forest Acts

Submit objections to NHRC

Mizanur asks stakeholders

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged stakeholders concerned of the country's forests to submit their objections on the draft amendment to the Forest Act, 1927 and the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010 to the commission.
“I myself will forward the objections, alongside the commission's recommendations on removing the inconsistencies, to the speaker, standing committee on forest and even to the prime minister,” he said.
Mizanur was addressing a views exchanging meeting jointly organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Network, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement and Malaya Foundation in the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
He also urged people to compel the government to listen to their rational demands.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu urged the government to withdraw its plan to build a coal-based thermal power plant adjacent to the Sundarbans considering the negative impacts it might have on the forest and its inhabitants.
He also urged the government to consult the stakeholders concerned on their objections before enacting the drafts.
Chakma Raja Barrister Devasish Roy said the government was enacting the two drafts without going through related laws in other countries and this would cause the people of the forest regions to lose their rights.
Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement Chairperson Gautom Dewan presided over the meeting where Information Commissioner Dr Sadeka Halim and Bela Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan also spoke.

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