Human Rights in Bangladesh 1997 Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST), Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA) and Odhikar ISBN 984 05 1460 1 1998 148pp 215x136mm PB Tk.225.00 US$20.00
Human Rights in Bangladesh 1997 presents an in-depth documentation of violations of human rights by state agencies during the year. Its incisive evidence of the negligence of the state in deterring violations- by non-state actors point to the causes for lapses in the rule of law in Bangladesh.
This report is essential for an understanding of how weaknesses in public institutions have been sustained by a political culture which tolerates violations of human rights and democratic norms.
Documentation of the situation of human rights is an annual exercise undertaken by four human rights organisations. The purpose of disseminating this information is to raise questions regarding the role of different actors: the civil society in promoting and protecting constitutional rights of citizens; the commitment of the political structures towards democratic practice; the responsibility of law enforcement agencies.
The report seeks to create a demand for accountability of public and representative institutions.
ASK is an activist legal and human rights centre. It promotes justice, equality and human rights through education, legal mediation and counseling, public interest litigation, public campaigns and advocacy.
BLAST was started in 1994. The trust provides legal aid services to the poor and disadvantaged citizens; it creates awareness of legal rights with cooperation of lawyers.
ODHIKAR a coalition for human rights, started in 1994. Its main activities are research, investigation, publications, human rights education, networking, election observation.
MLAA established in 1978 in Madaripur, is known for its alternative dispute resolution in support of the poor, particularly women.