South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

Published in The Financial Express ::

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman  Monday said the state must ‘accept’ ‘access to food’ as the basic right of its people to ensure food for all.

“It’s the state’s responsibility to ensure access to food for all. If many countries in the world can establish people’s access to food as a right, why can’t Bangladesh do so?” he asked in the inaugural session of a public hearing in the capital. 

National Human Rights Commission and Oxfam in Bangladesh jointly organised the public hearing on the right to food at Cirdap conference room.

PKSF chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and policy advocacy manager of Oxfam in Bangladesh Monisha Biswas also spoke on the occasion.

In his opening remarks, Prof Mizanur Rahman said the government claims Bangladesh has already achieved food autarky and it can now export some food grains, according to a news agency.