South Asians for Human Rights

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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will be an intervening party in the case filed against Limon, a victim of Rab torture, and defend the youth on his behalf.

NHRC Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said this while addressing the closing session of a weeklong workshop in the city on Thursday.

South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies organised the workshop titled “South Asian legal system student exchange programme.”

The NHRC chief also described police’s submitting of charge sheet against Limon as a test case for the judiciary.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) shot 17-year-old student Limon into disability on March 23 and filed two cases against him the same day.

In one case, police pressed charges against the boy on April 24.

Prof Mizanur remarked that the state organs, especially the law enforcement agencies, are the major violators of human rights in the country.

Abusive authority of the state should be stopped for promoting and protecting the human rights of individuals under the constitutional obligations, he said.

He added the state has constitutional obligations to stop custodial deaths and torture and take proper legal actions against the perpetrators and provide supports to the victims.

Prof Mizanur distributed certificates amongst the participants of the workshop, who were students of Bangladesh and Nepal.

Suraj Basnet, assistant professor of Kathmandu School of Law; and Dr Uttam Kumar Das, deputy director of SAILS; among others, spoke at the session.

Source: The Daily Star – 30.04.2011