Monday, 27 March, 2023

Our goal is to ensure justice for all: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government wants to ensure justice for all with quick disposal of the cases to establish transparency and accountability in the country, reports UNB.

We want that every citizen of the country will get justice,” she said adding that her government wants quick disposal of cases for the sake of transparency and accountability.

The prime minister was addressing the inaugural session of the 59th Annual Council of the Bangladesh Judicial Service Association at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

Hasina said whatever the government is doing is aimed at ensuring a better life for the people and establish a bright and secured future for them.

Let us ensure rule of law for the people of Bangladesh so they get a better life, and we will establish the Bangladesh which was dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said.

Law Minister Anisul Huq, Law Secretary Md. Golam Sarwar and Bangladesh Judicial Service Association President AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan also spoke at the programme.

A documentary on the Judicial Service was screen at the programme.

The prime minister said parliaments have enacted law alongside making amendments to ensure security and welfare of the people while the judges are using those to ensure justice for all.

“Since I am in power, I will do whatever is necessary for the development of the judiciary,” she said.

She said her government has formed special tribunals to dispose the cases filed under the anti-terrorism act.

“If the trial of anti-terrorism cases are end quickly, those who are engaged in terrorism will shun the acts,” she said.

The PM said patterns of the terrorism and militancy have changed with the advent of newer technologies and crimes are happening through using technology.

“We have enacted a law to contain cyber crimes. Many people say many things about it, but the fact is that the law is necessary for us as cyber crimes are now happening immensely,” she said.

She called upon all including parents, teachers, and religious leaders to raise anti-terrorism and anti-militant awareness campaigns across the country to keep all away from the menaces.

“We have to pay special attention as no children gets involved in the militancy,” she added.        Referring to militant attacks in Jhalokathi and Gazipur courts, she said her government has taken measures so the judges can return home safely after delivering verdicts.

The premier said as many as 101 tribunals are now working across the country to deal with the cases of women and children repression in addtion to seven tribunal assigned to work with the human trafficking cases.

She said if the trials in women and children repression cases were addressed and executed quickly the number of such crimes would decrease significantly.

To bring dynamism in the judiciary, she said a total of 1227 judges were appointed in the lower courts since 2009 till the date while a process is under way to recruit another 200 judges.

Recalling the contribution of  Bangabandhu to the development of judiciary, the PM said he had scrapped a Pakistan-time law that paved the way for appointing women in the judiciary.

The prime minister urged the judges to think about what they had got before the Awami League assumed power in 1996 and what they received after that, saying, “You (judges) will see a complete change.”

She said her government has continued the trial of the war criminals confronting local and external hurdles, adding that she had gotten many phone calls from abroad including from heads of state when her government initiated measures to try war criminals.

Hasina thanked Judge Glolam Rasul for his courage in delivering the judgement in the killings of the Father of the Nation overcoming many obstacles.

She said the BNP-Jamaat alliance called hartal on the verdict day (November 8, 1998) as the judge did not come to the court to deliver the judgement.

The BNP-Jamaat alliance government later awarded the killers of Bangabandhu by giving postings in the country's foreign missions and rehabilitated them in politics, she said

She also said military dictator Zaiur Rahman freed 11,000 war criminals from jails to stop the trial of the anti-liberation elements that was initiated by the Father of the Nation.

The prime minister vowed to build a developed, prosperous Bangladesh and Smart Bangladesh by 2041 to give the people a beautiful and developed life.