Custodial, crossfire and encounter death be informed to NHRC

Law enforcing agencies are to inform National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about death in custody, crossfire and encounter.

NHRC will send letters to all law enforcing agencies asking them to submit the report of all unnatural deaths with all consistent documents within 24 hours of the incidents, said its chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman at a seminar on “Role of Media in Promoting Transparency for Human Rights in Bangladesh” at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban at Dhaka University on Tuesday.

Relief International in collaboration with European Commission organized the seminar.

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University also spoke at the seminar while senior journalist Jaglul Ahmed Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.

Dr Mizan said NHRC is not a centre for giving testimonial. “Our activities are to monitor whether any incident of human rights violation occur by law enforcing agencies and other organizations or not as well as to identify them.”

Talking to reporters after the conference he expressed deep concern over statements from high government officials bracketing Limon and his family as criminals while the incident is under investigation.

Drawing the prime minister’s attention NHRC chief said “Prime Minister received bias information due to the speech of high government officials.”

“These kinds of statements are creating irritation with mass people. So the prime minister needs to be very cautious about this,” he added.

Mizanur Rahman said, “NHRC has never recommended banning of RAB. We support that if needed more law enforcement agencies can be formed. But in this case they must not violate the human rights”.

Prof Imtiaz said, “The state never wants the creation of strong civil society. For this reason, human rights transparency is facing the barriers in every stage. So it is needed the decency for proceed of the society.”

Unless the civil society become stronger, it is not possible to be stronger of transparency, Human rights as well as the state, he added.

Nazmul Islam, Country Director of relief international Bangladesh also took part in the seminar.

- UNB