They were talking to reporters on Monday at a press conference organised by Wave Foundation, Madaripur Legal Aid Association, Citizen’s Initiative and Community Mediation Campaign Group under a campaign on “Sustainable Community Mediation,” with the slogan “Community mediation for local dispute resolution of, for and by the people.”
The speakers also criticised the judiciary system and loopholes of the existing laws.
Advocate Fawzia Karim Firoze, president of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association, said through a framework, it was necessary to specify the issues, which could go through arbitration council.
Laws on women and children affairs had become abusive laws, she said.
“To inspire community mediation, we need to reform the rules and regulations of our judiciary system,” said Fawzia.
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Speakers sharing opinions at the press conference organised by Wave Foundation styled Sustainable Community Mediation at Press Club Monday Photo: Dhaka Tribune
Referring successes of community mediation, Hafizur Rahman Curzon, associate professor of Law Department at Dhaka University, shared some findings of his research work.
He said, “Since 2003, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust has been succeeded to settle 21,000 cases. Around 90% rural people are now comfortable attending arbitration council.”
Seeking attention of policy makers on framework for community mediation, Chief Executive of Citizen’s Initiative Jakir Hossain said, “We have already planned the programmes till next year for the campaign.”
Chief Coordinator of Madaripur Legal Aid Association Khan Md Shahid and Executive Director of Wave Foundation Mohsin Ali also spoke at the programme.