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Justice

STRAIGHT LINE

The unusual resolution

IN a time and clime wherein speedy disposal of public affairs, particularly conflict resolution, is not a virtue, the news of the disposal of twenty cases within four to ten days by a recently retiring senior judge should have been welcome news to all. Unfortunately, however, the saying “justice hurried is justice buried” appears to be uncomfortably credible according to reports emanating from authoritative sources. Media reports have it that the chief justice has decided to take action against a...

Editorial

Drug court's verdict welcome

IN a welcome judgment a Dhaka drug court on Tuesday awarded the highest punishment under the law to a pharmaceutical company owner and her two staff members for manufacturing an adulterated drug for children. Being the first case of such conviction, the court has thus set the stage for holding to account other spurious drug makers, the deadly impact of whose products is yet to be unraveled.   The convicted drug manufacturer, as the case statement goes, was responsible for...

A call for women's justice

A call for women's justice

IN the Foreword to the book, Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, introduces its underlying theme:  “Women and Transitional Justice:  Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes is an important and much-needed contribution to understanding the crucial role of women in peacemaking and transitional justice.”  The author, Mayesha Alam, of Bangladeshi origin, is an Assistant Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA.  In her words, “Women and Transitional Justice considers, from a theoretical and practical standpoint, how the inclusion of women affects transitional justice processes and their outcomes as well as how to better practice gender mainstreaming in transitional justice initiatives that...

Protect canals, playgrounds

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps immediately to protect canals, playgrounds and parks across the country. In response to a writ petition, the court ordered five top government officials to instruct the district administration to take steps in this regard and submit, after complying with the directives, a report before it within 30 days. The five officials, asked to implement the order, are secretaries to the ministries of local government and rural development, environment, water resources,...

Rana Plaza Collapse

Cop probe goes nowhere

Even a year after the Rana Plaza collapse that left at least 1,135 people killed and scores maimed, police have yet to complete probing the country's worst industrial disaster. Seven out of 21 accused in the three cases filed in this connection have already been out of prison on bail from the High Court. Three other accused including Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, have also secured bail from the HC in two cases. They are, however, still behind bars, as...

Editorial

Why women matter

ON Saturday, women were the focus at two significant conferences in the nation's capital. It shows just how crucial the question of women's security as also their empowerment has become in this country. It is also a sign of the growing perception in society of the need for women to come forward in a big way towards contributing to national development. One of the conferences, namely, a shadow parliamentary debate organized by Transparency International Bangladesh focused on the need for...

What judges can do for a nation

THE judiciary is supposed to serve as a protector of citizens' rights and as a deliverance tool for justice. Therefore, the judiciary is a guardian for a nation. It should stand guard against any violation of the fundamental ideas of the Republic laid down in the Constitution, as this document lays down the rules to protect rights and to govern the nation as per the collective will of the people.    The judiciary is seen in the international community as...

‘Killer force' in action

‘Killer force' in action

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has alleged that the government has destroyed the moral strength of law enforcement agencies and turned them into “a killing force” through politicisation. “Intelligence agencies are being used to oppress democratic forces and eliminate opposition parties at the directives from outside [the country],” she said at a press conference at Hotel Westin in the capital yesterday. Khaleda mentioned reports of local and international human rights groups and the media about oppression on activists of the BNP-led 19-party alliance, and human rights violation in Bangladesh. In her 45-minute speech, the BNP chief drew attention of all intentional organisations, including the United Nations, for taking initiatives to stop “killings” in...

Jessore Gang Rape

Cop role comes into question

Lapses on the part of Monirampur police have raised concern whether the Rishipara gang-rape victims will get justice. Two housewives of Hindu Rishi community living at a corner of Hazrail village in Monirampur upazila of Jessore were gang-raped around 1:30am on January 8. This was to “punish” the community for voting in January 5 polls, according to confessional statements of two detained suspects. Locals and victim families alleged police came to know about the incident on January 8 morning but took no...

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