The government on Tuesday reconstituted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by appointing a new chairman and six members.
Dr Mizanur Rahman, a law professor at the Dhaka University (DU), has been made new chairman of the commission.
President Zillur Rahman also appointed six new members of the NHRC, as its incumbent chief Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury will go into retirement this week, and two members have already retired.
The members include former secretary Kazi Reazul Haque, executive director of the Legal Education and Training Institute; Advocate Fawzia Karim Feroze, a Supreme Court lawyer and Dr Giasuddin Mollah, a political science professor a the DU.
The rest are Aroma Dutta, executive director of the PRIP Trust; Selina Hossain, executive director of the Faria Lara Foundation and retired director of the department of research, anthology and folk at the Bangla Academy and Niru Kumar Chakma, a DU professor and former member of the NHRC.
Earlier in the morning speaking to reporters at his office, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said the government would reconstitute the commission by appointing suitable, competent and human rights conscious people.
He said the government would amend the human rights act if necessary after scrutinising the recommendation of the commission.
The NHRC is responsible for looking on to the matters of violation of human rights by law enforcement agencies or any other organisation.
Source: The Daily Star – 22.06.2010