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Anisul: Strict action against extrajudicial killings

  • Published at 08:15 pm December 10th, 2016
Anisul: Strict action against extrajudicial killings
Addressing a seminar on Human Rights Day 2016, organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at the Cirdap auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday, the law minister said the government was committed to comply with constitutional provisions to the point and make this happen. “No one is more interested than the government to establish rule of law in the country,” said the minister. The government had taken up initiatives based on different news published in the newspapers, he added. Regarding the news of youths going missing recently, he said law enforcement agencies were scrutinising information about the missing people. Responding to another query on whether the section 18 of the National Human Rights Commission Act 2009 would be amended or not, he said the government would consider if the NHRC sends a proposal to amend the provision to the Law Ministry. According to section 18 of the law, the commission is not permitted to investigate into the allegations of human rights violations against armed forces and the law enforcement. Asked about a statistic that showed a greater number of rape accused were being acquitted, the minister said the acquittals happened due to the lack of necessary witnesses and evidence. “Families and victims need necessary support in this regard. They have to come forward. Reluctance should not be shown in such cases,” he said. Barrister M Amir-ul Islam, NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, Member Nazrul Islam and Deputy Country Director of UNDP Nick Beresford were present at the programme.