The village court will play a vital role in resolving small issues of dispute among the people in remote areas of Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT), speakers said at the launching ceremony of “Strengthening Traditional Justice Systems in the CHT” project in Rangamati town yesterday.
The programme was held at Rangamati Parjatan Holiday Complex Conference Hall room from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
The project, funded by United Nations Development Project (UNDP) and European Union (EU), is being implemented under the Local Government Division.
Mesbahul Islam, secretary of the CHT affairs ministry, was chief guest at the programme presided over by Roxana Quader, national project director, AVCB-II project, and additional secretary, Local Government Division.
Her Excellency Rensje Teerink, EU ambassador to Bangladesh, Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative, UNDP, Bangladesh, Chakma Raja Devashish Roy, Saching Prue Chowdhury, Mong Circle chief, Gautam Chakma, member of CHT Regional Council, were present at the programme, among others.
Van Nguyen, UNDP Bangladesh deputy resident representative, delivered welcome speech.
The government is playing a vital role to accelerate service delivery to the people’s doorstep and AVCP (Activating Village Court in Bangladesh) Phase-II project is one such mechanism that brings justice to the people at low cost and within reasonable timeframe, speakers said at the meeting.
The AVCB project, being implemented through the Local Government Division, is already functional in 1,078 unions across the country and many people are its beneficiaries.
Many people in the CHT region are deprived of proper justice as they have to face harassment along with financial losses while trying to take legal steps for justice regarding minor issues.
Implementation of the project will help ensure justice for common people in the region, speakers said.
The project will provide support in capacity building for traditional institutions by strengthening and monitoring traditional justice systems and creating mass awareness among locals, they said.