Prison Visit: Rights boss asks Home for action

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday requested the home ministry to take action against the persons involved in barring its chairman from visiting Sylhet Central Jail on Thursday, flouting the NHRC act.

In a letter sent to the secretary of home ministry, the commission demanded action against the inspector general of prisons and the jailor of Shylet Central Jail for violating the law, according to an NHRC source.

Copies of the letter were also sent to the Speaker, law and home ministers, chairmen of parliamentary standing committees on law, justice and parliamentary affairs and home affairs.

“We are seeking cooperation from the home ministry and the others concerned to ensure the commission can carry out its duties as required by the law,” NHRC Chairman Mizanur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday.

He hinted that the commission would move to the High Court if no action is taken.

According to section 12(c) of the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2009, the commission is empowered to visit any jail or any other places where persons are detained or lodged for correction, custody, treatment, or such other welfare, and to make recommendation to the government thereon for the development of those places and conditions.

Failing to enter the Sylhet jail, Mizanur on Thursday accused the IG (prisons) of violating the NHRC act and demanded his removal.

The NHRC chief insisted the local administration was aware of his visit to Sylhet. “The commission staff can visit any place like prison without prior approval.”

Earlier, Mizanur was denied entry to Rangamati jail last year.

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The Daily Star