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Govt working tirelessly to defend human rights: Anisul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Govt working tirelessly to defend human rights: Anisul
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq speaks at a programme organised by the National Human Rights Commission at Hotel Radisson Blu in the capital on Saturday, marking the Human Rights Day. —PID photo

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said human rights violators all over the country would be brought to book.

“The government’s stance on human rights violators is very clear. They will be put on trial in accordance with the law,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion in a city hotel on Saturday.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) arranged the programme, marking ‘Human Rights Day 2022’.

He said that the government is working tirelessly to protect and defend human rights.

In spite of the great achievements of the government in the establishment and protection of human rights, some groups or vested interests are trying to portray the situation of human rights in Bangladesh negatively.

Anisul said that the culture of injustice is gone now and the image of the country in the international arena has been brightened through the protection of human rights.

He said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who spent his entire life agitating for the establishment and protection of human rights, was brutally murdered with most of his family members on August 15, 1975 through the domestic-foreign conspiracy.

“It was the most heinous and extreme violation of human rights in the history of the world,” he mentioned.

He said the horror of this human rights violation was terrible as the ‘Indemnity Ordinance’ protected the killers from being brought to justice for 21 years.

Those killers were even rewarded and the major countries of the world gave shelter to them, he added.

Some of the convicted killers are still at large in some major countries, he said, adding that the government is trying to bring them back to Bangladesh although bringing them back has become very difficult.

Due to the good policy and strong position of the government, it has been possible to prosecute major human rights-violations, including those involved in the assassination of Bangabandhu, the assassination of four national leaders and crimes against humanity committed during the liberation war in 1971, he said.

Speaking as the special guest Moinul Kabir, secretary of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division under the ministry, said that Tk 12 crore budget has been allocated for the NHRC in the current year which was only 1.78 crore in 2009 when it was established.

The commission has become a member of Asia Pacific Forum and achieved ‘B’ status within a short time, he said.

Chairman of NHRC Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed chaired the programme.