'Spirit of liberation reflected'
Eminent jurist Dr Shahdeen Malik yesterday said the 15th amendment to the constitution has corrected our history and reflected the true spirit of the nation's liberation war.
The amendment, however, has failed to strengthen good governance and the rule of law, he said, also criticising repeal of caretaker government system from the constitution.
Dr Shahdeen was presenting the keynote paper at a seminar titled "The 15th amendment to constitution and its impact" organised by the department of law of State University of Bangladesh (SUB) at its conference room.
The jurist in his speech described restoration of "historic struggle for national liberation" in place of "a historic war for national independence" and inclusion of the proclamation of independence as important visions revived in the 15th amendment, a SUB press release said.
Dhaka University law professor Dr Asif Nazrul said a good constitutional amendment means protecting human rights more strongly, enhancing good governance, ensuring people's participation, and enforcing certain economic rights, which the 15th amendment has largely failed to accomplish.
He said the 1972 constitution was the best constitution for the nation from which we have regressed successively.
The seminar was also addressed by SUB Acting Vice-chancellor Maj Gen (retd) Dr M Shahjahan and Registrar AYM Ekram-ud-Daulah.
Meanwhile, the National Committee for Restoration of 1972 Constitution yesterday organised a mass rally and hoisted black flags at Central Shaheed Minar protesting retention of the word Bismillah and Islam as the state religion and religion-based politics in the constitution.