** Now we have politics of grave digging ** Bank accounts info sought to intimidate journos ** UK removes BD from travel red list ** A significant portion of the Outer Circular Road at Rajarbagh in the capital has been dug up by the Dhaka South City Corporation for renovations, interrupting the flow of traffic on the busy thoroughfare. This photo was taken on Saturday. ** US Capitol on high alert as pro-Trump demonstrators converge for rally ** Hifazat leader Mufti Rizwan arrested ** Students aged 12-17 to get Pfizer shots ** World leaders descend on New York despite pandemic ** Evaly shuts office, orders staff to work from home ** Errant e-commerce firms to face stern action: DMP ** Four killed as bus rams auto-rickshaw ** DU halls to reopen on October 5 ** Another body found near Cox's Bazar beach ** Daily Covid cases hit 16-week low ** Bangladesh protests Indian claim on continental shelf ** Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters ** Keep them free on bail to recover the money defrauded ** Cuba begins vaccinating children against Covid ** A group of merchants and customers stage protest at the Shahbagh intersection in the capital on Friday demanding release of the Evaly's Chairman Shamima Nasrin and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mohammad Rassel. ** Evaly couple on 3-day remand ** PM off to USA to join 76th UNGA ** Ban on soybean meal export sought ** Hasina greets Modi on his birthday ** Will Evaly customers get their money back? ** Inconsistence surfaces between FIRs and probe reports **

Human Rights Commission gets no importance

15 September 2021

ENVISAGED as the conscience keeper of the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has failed on many counts to take any action against the perpetrators of human rights violence in the country. Speakers at a discussion organised by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) on Monday held the selection process of the commission responsible for this. The selection is politically motivated with only people from the ruling party getting preference. It was also told that former bureaucrats who are not involved in human rights are given preference for inclusion in the commission.
To overcome the flaws of the selection process, the speakers suggested that NHRC should make sure ordinary citizens are present during the selection. The commission also should stick to the Paris Principles when selecting and recruiting its members and chairpersons. Because the Paris Principles are guidelines adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Commission  (UNHRC) that delineate how institutions that protect human rights should function. Bangladesh's NHRC is only 'partially compliant' with the Paris Principles, as stated by the Global Alliance on National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). According to ASK, in 2020, the commission took up 49 complaints at their own initiative, but only one has been solved so far. It received a total of 432 complaints last year, of which 302 are still pending.
Almost a decade ago the NHRC began its journey under the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2009. ASK in a recent report on the commission's decade of activities, observed that it always recruits its secretaries, directors, and joint directors from the Public Administration through deputation on an ad-hoc basis. This adversely impacts on the independence of the commission and is a violation of the GANHRI standards. It also pointed out that while the NHRC makes recommendations to the government, it cann't ensure that the recommendations are followed. It was also mentioned that the law of NHRC itself restricts it from investigating any forces, including the police and the Rab. The investigations are limited to just sending letters.
Ever since its establishment over a decade ago, the NHRC has been struggling to overcome significant administrative, legal and political challenges. The big question however is if this state institution is a 'toothless tiger', can't it even growl?

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