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Sunday, August 9, 2015, Shraban 25, 1422 BS, Shawal 23, 1436 Hijr

Seminar In City Told
'Delivery of Justice possible when rule of law exists'
Special Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 9 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 152

Academics, rights and civil society leaders on Saturday decried poor justice system and absence of rule of law in the backdrop of what they called state-encouraged perpetrators committing crimes with impunity.
Is the country governed by corporate oligarchy in collaboration with the NGOs? Economist Dr Anu Muhammud asked the audience at a seminar on Rights, Reparations, Remedies: South Asian Experience of Seeking Justice' organised jointly by BLAST, Aakar, BRAC University and Canadian donor agency IDRC at BRAC Inn.
Others who spoke at the seminar were Mofidul Hoque of Liberation War Museum, Shireen Huq of Nari Pokkho, Dr Shahdeen Malik of BRAC University, Dr Ameena Mohsin of Dhaka University, Zakir Hossain and Dr Meghna Guhathakurta. While coordinator of the seminar Barrister Sara Hossain, Chairperson of Ain-o-Shalish Kendra, Advocate Vrindra Grover, rights researcher based in India and Chulani Kodikara, researcher with Centre of Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka, presented keynote papers.
Anu Muhammad argued in the name of surveillance and security, the private and multinational companies are taking over state responsibilities, which may jeopardise the institutionalisation of state apparatus.
Too much engagement of unregulated private sector has caused growing security concern of citizens. The law and legal process now rest upon the powerful lobby.
Privatisation has caused intolerance, critics of religion are killed, and critics of national leaders are intimidated. This phenomenon has risen an intolerant society, which caused security issues regarding the free-thinkers, bloggers and secularists too. They are often blamed for blasphemy and the law enforcing agencies are entertaining their sentiments, the Jahangirnagar University professor remarked.
Bangladesh, like other developing countries in the world has contracted many 'bad deals', which compromise security. The corporate gradually ensure their footprint on resources, which impacts the environment and evicts ethnic minorities from their ancestral lands, said the academic, also convenor of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources.
Mofidul Hoque said despite lack of international support for the trial of the 1971 war criminals, the International War Crimes Tribunal has continued to deliver justice and it was possible because of the overwhelming support of the people of Bangladesh.

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