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Law enforcers sometimes violate human rights: NHRC chief



Some members of the law enforcement agencies in the country sometimes violate human rights, the chairman of National Human Rights Commission alleged on Thursday terming it 'very unfortunate'.

NHRC chairman Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury was speaking at a seminar organised by the NHRC at National Economic Council (NEC) auditorium in the capital.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed, who was also present at the seminar, said the government will appoint five more members to the commission by this month to make it a fully operative organisation.

The selection board, headed by the speaker of the Parliament, will sit on December 28 or 29 to finalise the appointments, Shafique Ahmed informed the seminar.

With the new appointments, the NHRC will get a full member and four other members, including a representative from the indigenous community along with a woman representative.

The government has formed the commission on September 1 last year to investigate human rights violations and advise the government on the enforcement of international human rights covenants.

Later, Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury, also a former judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed the chairman of the NHRC.

Then President Iajuddin Ahmed has given the appointment to him as per recommendation of the selection body.

The commission was approved in principal by the cabinet in December 2007 after years of delay under the BNP-led coalition government.