‘Reform in politics needed to strengthen rule of law, human rights’ | The Daily Star
09:05 PM, May 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:12 PM, May 23, 2019

‘Reform in politics needed to strengthen rule of law, human rights’

Speakers say at a discussion organised by Sujan

Terming the prevailing politics as unhealthy, speakers at a roundtable discussion in Dhaka today said the reform in politics is needed to strengthen the country’s rule of law and human rights.

Some civil society members and professionals came up with the observation at the roundtable organised by Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan), a civil society platform for good governance at the Brac Center Inn centre in Dhaka this noon.

They also claimed that the rule of law and human rights are imperative for building a society free from exploitation.   

Addressing the roundtable, M Hafizuddin Khan, former adviser to a caretaker government, said holding election under a political government in a free and fair is not possible in the country.

“We need to find out an alternative like the caretaker government system for holding election in a free and fair manner,” he said.

Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), said the government is using law enforcement agencies incorporating repressive laws to harass people deliberately.

Sujan Secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar, venting anger over the activists of the ruling quarter, said his platform will work across the country to garner people’s support in favour of political reform in the country.

He, during the discussion, also placed 18-point recommendation including reformation in political and electoral culture, parliamentary system and administration to strengthen the country rule of law and human rights.

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