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Children in prisons for lazy magistrates

Many children are languishing in prisons across the country due to the negligence of a section of judicial magistrates who do not care to verify their ages and send them to juvenile correctional facilities, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Mizanur Rahman said in Rajshahi yesterday. “I can't understand how a magistrate can send a child to jail citing her/his age as above 18, in order to avoid some additional work of verifying their age,” he told reporters...

Rab warned against HR violation

Rab warned against HR violation

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman today warned Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) against violation of any human rights, asking the elite force to be respectful to the country's laws. "Be careful, Rab. Everybody must obey and respect laws," the NHRC boss said at a discussion at Cirdap auditorium in the capital. The...

N'ganj 7 Murders

NHRC to take steps after assessing home report

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) would take steps regarding seven murders in Narayanganj after assessing probe report of the home ministry, said its Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday. "Immediately after the incident, we asked the ministry to conduct a proper investigation into the matter and submit the probe report to us," he told journalists at its seminar on "National Women Development Policy 2011" in the capital. About the NHRC power, the rights boss said NHRC lacked the executive power to take...


All those young people lied?

SO, it has been decided that the twenty juveniles who complained about being abused by the management of a correctional centre recently were not speaking the truth. Again, the management, despite all that evidence of wrongdoing on the part of its members, has been given a clean chit.   Something is going truly wrong at the Tongi Juvenile Development Centre, where the young people in question recently subjected themselves to physical pain as a way of drawing attention to their...

Finding fact in the crossfire

AS extrajudicial killings continue to dominate news in Bangladesh, the National Human Rights Commission's first probe into a crossfire death provides some respite. The report, submitted to the home ministry last week, identifies serious discrepancies in the police's version of 41-year-old Rajab Ali's death in the early hours of 16 February 2014. The police have trotted out their usual crossfire narrative: Ali was arrested for armed robbery and taken to a village to recover the firearms used. Ali's accomplices...

Extrajudicial killings to turn judiciary redundant: NHRC

Extrajudicial killings to turn judiciary redundant: NHRC

Chief of the National Human Rights Commission fears the country’s judiciary will become redundant if extrajudicial killings continue.   “Extrajudicial killings cannot occur in a civilised society under any circumstances. In the name of imaginary crossfire, encounters, killings and disappearances are against the rule of law and human rights,” Prof Mizanur Rahman said at a discussion. Bangladesh Democratic Lawyers’ Association, Supreme Court Wing, organised the event on “Constitution of 1971 is a Document of Bangladesh’s Existence” at the auditorium of the apex court. He said changes in whatsoever way the constitution by different autocratic regimes have...

Halt extra-judicial killings: NHRC

Halt extra-judicial killings: NHRC

Against the backdrop of people’s death in Rab ‘shootout’, National Human Right Commission (NHRC) today called for stopping all sorts of extra-judicial killings immediately. “No extra-judicial killing, whatever excuse is cited for, can continue in the country....It should be stopped immediately,” NHRC Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said. He was speaking at a discussion marking the...

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