Litigation: HRCBM Vs. Government of Bangladesh
Justice Md. Awlad Ali and Justice Jinnat Ara .
The writ was filed jointly by HRCBM and it's partner Human Rights And
Peace For Bangladesh (HRPB).
A brief Excerpt of petition filed Today before Bangladesh Supreme
Court is given herein below:...........
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH
HIGH COURT DIVISION
(SPECIAL ORIGINAL JURISDICION)
WRIT PETITON NO. 3380 OF 2006
IN THE MATTER OF:
An application under Article 102 read with Article 44 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
A N D
IN THE MATTER OF :
Enforcement of fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 27, 31, 40, 41, 42, and 43 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
A N D
IN THE MATTER OF :
Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
A N D
IN THE MATTER OF :
1. Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM), Bangladesh Chapter, represented by its President, Advocate Rabindra Ghosh, 41/0 Azimpur Estate, P. S. Lalbag, District – Dhaka.
2. Human Rights And Peace For Bangladesh (HRPB) Represented by it’s President of the Executive Committee, Manzill Murshid, 36, B-1, Mirpur Road, Boshundhora Goli, P.S. Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205.
-V E R S U S-
1. Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, represented by the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Secretariat, P.S. Raman, District-Dhaka.
2. The Secretary (Cabinet Division), The Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Secretariat, P.S. Raman, District-Dhaka.
3. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Police Bhaban, Phulbaria, P. S. Ramna, District-Dhaka.
4. Additional Inspector General of Police (Head Quarter), Police Bhaban, Phulbaria, Police station- Ramna, District-Dhaka.
IN THE MATTER OF:
Inaction of the Respondents to protect persons and the properties of the citizens belonging to religious minority and failure to perform the duties to take legal action against the miscreant/terrorist/accused of the incident and continues ignoring the responsibility vested upon them as per the constitution.
Mr. Justice Syed J.R.Mudassir Husain, the Chief Justice of Bangladesh and his companion Justices of the said Hon’ble Court.
The humble petition of the petitioners above named most respectfully:-
S H E W E T H:
1. That the Petitioner No.1 is the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM), Bangladesh Chapter, represented by it’s President Advocate Rabindra Ghosh. The organization is registered before the Joint Stock Companies, Dhaka and working in Bangladesh through a National Committee. It is a Worldwide Organization having its Head Office at Santa Clara, California, U. S. A. The function of the organization is to establish human rights in the country, to stop anti human rights activities, to protect the religious minorities in Bangladesh from persecution and to bring the offenders to justice for punishing them for their criminal conducts. The organization also working to promote worldwide campaign on “THE PLIGHTS OF BANGLADESH MINORITIES”. The petitioner is providing legal assistance to religious minorities of Bangladesh. He is also co-coordinating amongst the organizations who serve “Bangladesh Minorities” and he is working with UN to help the oppressed Bangladesh Minorities”.
2. That the petitioner No.2 is the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, represented by it’s Executive President Advocate Manzill Murshid. He is a regular practitioner of this Hon’ble Court and a human rights activist. That the organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) is a registered non profitable organization under the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, Bangladesh. HRPB is established to uphold the cause of Human Rights and to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens. The organization is playing a vital role to fight for the cause of human rights and peace in Bangladesh. The organization HRPB is giving legal aid to the poor people, working to increase awareness about human rights and filling public interest litigation in case of violation of fundamental rights human rights.
3. That the Respondent No.1 is the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Secretariat, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dhaka. The Respondent No.2 is the Secretary, Cabinet Division, Bangladesh Secretariate, Government of Bangladesh, Dhaka.The Respondent No.3 is the Inspector General of Police, Police Bhaban, Phulbaria, Police Station – Ramna, Dhaka. That the Respondent No.4 is the Additional Inspector General of Police (Head Quarter), Police Bhaban, Phulbaria, Police Station – Ramna, Dhaka. That the addresses of the petitioners and the respondents given in the cause title of this petition are correct and genuine for the purpose of service notices upon them.
4. That the constitution of Bangladesh has provide for all citizen to enjoy equal protection of law, to be treated in accordance with law, freedom of profession/occupation, freedom of religion, right to acquire property and protection of home. But the persons of religion minority are depriving from the above mentioned fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 27, 31, 40, 41, 42, and 43 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The respondents are the chiefs of the law-enforcing agency. Duty and responsibility vested upon them to protect persons and property of any citizen of the country. They are also duty bound to take legal action against the offenders of any offence through their field agency. It is the duty of the respondents to bring the offenders/accused to the justice but they have failed to perform the duties and responsibility as per the constitution. They also ignored to take legal action hundreds of different offences against the religious minorities. They have failed to protect religious minorities from eviction, torture, humiliation, persecution, rape and killing. In thus way the fundamental rights of the religious minority have been seriously violated.
5. That it is stated here that it is in the interest of the petitioners and for the benefit of the citizens belonging to religious minorities of the country and in order to establish the right to property, to get protection of law, to enjoy religion festival and to be treated in accordance with law, the petitioners move this public interest Litigation (PIL) before this Hon’ble court and as it involves great public importance so this petition may be treated as public interest litigation.
6. That the since the declaration of the schedule of the 8th General Election, which was held on October 01, 2001, there have been a number of reported incidents of assault, intimidation and arson on the person and property of citizens belonging to the religious minority community, across the county which is still continuing in different ways which has been and being reported in all National Daily Newspapers. Such acts of assault, rape, ill-treatment, torture and intimidation were being conducted with the motive of preventing the voting right freely and fearlessly and as a result of which the members of the minority community voters could not exercise their right of franchise freely rather after the national assembly election they have been subjected to torture, humiliation and the womenfolk of their community being raped and sexually harassed which if being reflected in different national dailies and the same act being violative of the fundamental right of the minority community. That humiliation as mentioned above has not been ended rather the same is being increased than that of before in different ways and forms and the respondents being unconcerned rather trying to suppress the inhuman acts.........
Please download the complete details of the writ at http://www.hrcbm.org/news/Writ_HRCBM_Bangladesh.pdf