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South Asia Regional Conference: Speakers call for an end to discriminatory law

  • Published at 06:19 pm March 20th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:30 am March 21st, 2018
South Asia Regional Conference: Speakers call for an end to discriminatory law
A two-day regional conference, titled “South Asia Regional Conference on Gender, Rights and Choices: Access to Justice in a Megacity” ended at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building at University of Dhaka. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Hon’ble Chief Justice was present as the Chief Guest while Dr Nasreen Ahmed, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Dhaka and Dr Sri Krishna Deva Rao, Vice Chancellor (Academic), National Law University of Odisha were the Guest of Honour along with Dr Annie Vestjens, First Secretary SRHR & Gender, Embassy of the Netherlands were present on the second and closing day. Addressing the conference, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said: “Access to justice is a human right and the fundamental element of ensuring rule of law. Protection of human rights can only be granted by coordinated efforts of the stakeholders.” The conference was jointly organised by the SHOKHI project led by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, with Marie Stopes Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition, the We Can Alliance to End Violence against Women and the DU, Faculty of Law, with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dhaka. The conference aimed to share experiences about systems and processes for ensuring access to justice in megacities, particularly on gender-based violence. Dr. Kamal Hosain, senior advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Sara Hossain, Executive Director, BLAST and Dr. Ferdous Jahan, Professor, Department of Public Administration, DU, were present, among others.