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Special guests : Chairman of NHRC, Mizanur Rahman and Shahidul Hoque from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave their feedback after the report, a short summary can be found below or for their full speeches, go to the livestream channel.
The Convenor Advocate Sultana Kamal ended the event with a powerful closing speech addressing points made by the special guests, she highlighted the importance of raising awareness of human rights issues, bringing them in to public dialogue to eventually bring change and justice.
'’There is Discrimination, Why Deny it? ‘’
Hameeda Hossain questioned why government had not amended discriminatory personal laws even though the state had ratified CEDAW and other conventions or the government resorted to lawless methods of law enforcement allowing impunity to RAB and other agencies. Instead of being defensive and denying incidents of extra judicial killings or disappearances we should be concentrating on how to end the practice of ‘’extra judicial killings’’ all together and implement the constitutional obligation to protect the citizens’ right to life.
Human Rights Forum Members:
Acid Surviviors Foundation (ASF)
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS)
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum
Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movements (BDERM)
Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS)
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
Bangladesh Mohila Porishad (BMP)
Boys of Bangladesh (BOB)
Karmojibi Nari (KN)
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)
National Alliance of Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (NADPO)
Steps Towards Development (STEPS)
Transparancy International Bangladesh (TIB)