National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Sunday expressed deep concern over the incidents of enforced disappearance, rape, killing and violation of human rights across the country.
“The incidents of disappearance, custodial death and rape still exist in the country. Especially, the enforced disappearance has created a great concern for us,” he said. He called upon the law enforcers and other authorities concerned to concentrate on particular areas and take necessary steps to address the situation.
Reazul was addressing an international conference titled “Promoting Equity, Justice and Human Dignity” marking the Human Rights Day 2017. He chaired the inaugural session of the two-day programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday.
The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been striving to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which require prevalence of standard level of human rights in the country, he said.
“The government is trying to achieve SDGs, which are interlinked with human rights,” he added.
The NHRC chairman, however, appreciated many steps of the government to protect rights of women, children and disabled people, and eliminate poverty and illiteracy.
He also described constitution of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Bangladesh as a manifestation of the government’s intention to protect human rights.
He said basic features of international human rights charters are enshrined in the constitution of Bangladesh.
He said the government is extending all logistic supports to NHRC to continue its work for establishing a culture of protecting human rights in the country.
“In 1972, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman adopted Bangladesh constitution, which upholds the principles of universal declaration of human rights. Besides, fundamental rights chapter of Bangladesh constitution is a unique provision for protecting rights of people,” the NHRC chairman said.
About the activities of NHRC, Reazul said it is engaged in human rights advocacy with civil society, development partners, public and private stakeholders.
He said the commission is probing into reported and sensitive incidents of rape, killing and attack on minority and submit report along with recommendations to the government.
Besides, the commission holds seminar, workshop and rally with participation of representatives of public and private organisations to create awareness against violation of human rights.
“There are many human rights organisations. But we should work in a constructive way,” he added.