PM vows to hold trial of HR violations
Published : Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 109
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the Awami League government would ensure the trial of all the incidents of human rights violation in the country.
She was addressing a function arranged by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) marking the Human Rights Day 2019 at a city hotel.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, NHRC Chairman Nasima Begum, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and NHRC full-time member Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed also spoke at the event.
Addressing the function, the Prime Minister said it is very natural that human rights violation will take place repeatedly if the government tolerates any injustice and unjust.
She said, "We're very much active whenever there's any violation of human rights."
About Rohingya crisis, Hasina said Bangladesh did not go for conflict with Myanmar. It is rather in dialogue with them so that it could send their nationals to them.
"We have given shelters to the Rohingyas on humanitarian ground as we encountered similar experience during the War of Liberation," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government is trying to do a very tough job to put the country on the track of prosperity.
The government is giving special attention to those who are lagging behind in society, said Hasina adding that the Awami League government always thinks that they are the servant of people and work for people.
She said the people of the country need to be aware properly of human rights and the duties of citizens.
"We've to remember when we think that something is my right and then with this comes the responsibility to others as rights and responsibilities are interrelated."
The Prime Minister said she thinks that creating awareness regarding rights and responsibilities is very much necessary. "To enjoy rights, we've to discharge our responsibilities to others, and this is reality."
To ensure the basic rights of a person, Hasina said ensuring peace is urgently needed and for ensuring peace poverty alleviation is also needed.
"If we can bring economic solvency in society then people can fulfill their basic rights and they'll be able to protect their human rights� we've to create that awareness, too," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the drive against drugs, terrorism, militancy and corruption is going on as these destroy as well as contaminate a society.
"So, the resistance should come from society first against these menaces," she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has enacted various human rights-related laws and amended many while strengthened the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Prime Minister said, the killers and collaborators of the Liberation War were awarded and patronized to get established in this country politically.
Sheikh Hasina said the passing of indemnity bill for scraping the trial of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members was a clear violation of the human rights.
"The most sorrowful matter was that the killers had shown arrogance announcing that their trial will not be held," she added.
The killers were not only awarded jobs in mission abroad but also rehabilitated in politics, she said, adding that one of the killers was made opposition leader of the parliament while another contested in the presidential election. The premier said, "After assuming office, we had initiated the trial of Bangabandhu killing following cancelling the indemnity bill and accomplished it."
The culture of impunity for human rights violations started after the assassination of Bangabandhu as Ziaur Rahman had killed thousands of people in the name of coups, she said, adding, that's why, the people of the country had to go through the pain for 29 years.