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>HRC not formed 7 months after ordinance passed

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>THE government has yet to set up the long-sought human rights commission though seven months have passed since it approved an ordinance to that end, Daily Star reports.
Meanwhile, rights activists and legal experts have observed that the government should seek opinions from the human rights organisations and jurists to form a competent and independent commission.
Talking to The Daily Star recently, former adviser to caretaker government Sultana Kamal said a participatory process should be employed to set up the body.
She said, “We want the human rights situation here to improve. It will be in the best interests of the nation if the government forms the commission in consultation with the rights organisations that have many suggestions in this regard.”
She said the commission must not be dependent on the bureaucracy. It should have the authority to function independently.
According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Ordinance-2007 that awaits promulgation after being okayed by the advisory council on December 9 last year, the commission will mainly investigate allegations of human rights violations brought forward by citizens or discovered in its own monitoring.
If a case of violation is proved, it will either settle the matter or refer it to the relevant court or authorities.


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