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8.79 lakh people received govt’s legal aid since 2009

  • May 26, 2023

8.79 lakh people received govt’s legal aid since 2009

DHAKA, April 27, 2023 (BSS) – As part of the present government’s commitment to provide justice for all, it is providing free legal aid from 2009 through the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) and so far 8,79,929 people received its services.

“Apart from these, NLASO provided free legal advice to 3, 53, 656 people in this period,” Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq told BSS on the eve of National Legal Aid Services Day, to be observed tomorrow.

The law minister further said the then Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formulated Legal Aid Services Act, 2000, and formed NLASO to provide legal assistance to the people who are financially insolvent, penniless or unable to get justice because of various socio- economic reasons.

“But the issue of providing legal aid remained neglected from 2001 to 2008. After Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed government for the second time in 2009, implementation of that act gained momentum,” he added.

Narrating the achievements of NLASO to BSS, Law Ministry spokesperson Dr Md Rezaul Karim said the organization managed to realize Taka 134.90 crore as compensation for the victim parties and resolved a total of 82, 588 cases or disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) from 2009 to March, 2023.

“The NLASO, through its 64 district legal aid offices, provided legal services to 4, 50, 067 people, of which 1, 05, 650 received the services in prisons. A total of 1, 53,413 people were given free legal aid though toll -free national helpline ‘16430’ since its launching in 2016,” the law ministry official added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the National Legal Aid Day on April 28, 2016, launched the service and it became more and more popular with

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National Legal Aid Day tomorrow, President, PM issue separate messages

  • May 25, 2023

National Legal Aid Day tomorrow, President, PM issue separate messages

DHAKA, April 27, 2023 (BSS) – National Legal Aid Services Day will be observed across the country tomorrow with a view to ensuring the rule of law, fundamental human rights and justice for everyone.

On the occasion, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages wishing success of the day.

The President, in his message, said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a dreamt of building a democratic and prosperous country which would be free from all sorts of discrimination and established a strong judicial system by enacting the Constitution in 1972.

“According to Article 27 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, all are equal before the law and all are entitled to equal protection of the law. In order to make this right a reality, the ‘National Legal Aid Provision Act 2000’ has been enacted,” the message said.

Stating that the program of providing legal aid to poor people at government expense is a reflection of Bangabandhu’s unique constitutional thoughts, the President hopes that the observance of National Legal Aid Services Day-2023 will be a success.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said that one of the main goals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to establish the rule of law, basic human rights, political, economic and social equality, freedom and justice for all citizens.

“But after the assassination of the Father of the Nation in 1975, the rule of law and basic human rights were destroyed. After ’75, the BNP-Jamaat coalition government established a reign of terror, murder and torture to obstruct the path of justice. As a result, the people of the country were deprived of legal assistance and

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Immigration Bill tweaks before becoming law | Politics | News

  • May 19, 2023

Suella Braverman appeared to be toning down some measures designed to deter migrants arriving in Britain in small boats. Changes to the immigration Bill mean that Channel migrants could get access to legal aid to fund their human rights challenges against deportation.

In an apparent move aimed at pacifying some of the more liberal MPs on the Tory benches, the Home Secretary has set out amendments to the Bill clarifying that refugees making their way to the UK by sea can get legal aid if they say their lives are at risk at home or that they would be treated inhumanely or tortured there. Ministers will also look at creating more “safe and legal routes” to Britain.

However, the measures came with other, stronger, changes demanded by rebel Conservative backbenchers who want tougher action against Channel migrants.

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One campaigner, as reported by the Mail, claimed the legal aid measures made little sense. Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, which wanted tougher controls at the border, was quoted as saying that the legal aid measure made “little sense if the Home Secretary wanted to reduce the spiraling costs of the asylum system and stem the flow of illegal boat crossings.” He urged her to “think again”.

On Friday Ms Braverman said she and the Prime Minister were “absolutely committed to stopping the boats once and for all”, adding that the changes she was announcing would “help secure our borders and make it easier for us to remove people by preventing them from making last minute bogus claims, while ensuring we strengthen our safe and legal routes.”

Last week, it was reported that opposition to the Bill from the House of Lords would probably center on the plans to

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