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Bangladesh: Human Rights Commission Created

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 9, the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Ordinance of 2007 became law. It establishes the National Human Rights Commission. The Commission is empowered to investigate human rights violations and settle issues, or refer them to judiciary for further action.

The selection committee is headed by an Appellate Division Justice, nominated by the Chief Justice, and includes a cabinet secretary, the Attorney General, the Comptroller and Auditor General, the chairman of the Public Service Commission, and the Law Secretary as members. The chairman and members are appointed for a term of three years and for no more than two consecutive terms.

The process of creating the National Human Rights Commission started in 1994 but did not become effective until after approval by the current government of a revised proposal to establish the commission. (Sultana Razia, National Human Rights Commission Sees the Light of the Day, The Daily Star, December 15, 2007, available at http://www.thedailystar.net/law/2007/12/03/index.htm.)