1219Published on December 14, 2022
Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for 2023-2025 as the Awami League government always emphasizes the security and protection of people's rights by continuing the legal battle against militancy, terrorism and drug abuse.
This year, Human Rights Day is very significant on the 75th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council four times due to the government's commitment to protecting human rights nationally and internationally.
And it exposed politically-motivated propaganda through fabricated information about the human rights situation in Bangladesh by a certain quarter.
The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is 'Dignity, Freedom and Justice to All, we will all stand for the protection of rights.' The motto coincides with the philosophy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation who struggled his whole life for the freedom, democratic rights and political-economic emancipation of mass people.
Bangabandhu wanted to build a Bangladesh where dignity, equality and justice will be ensured for every human being. So, within a year of achieving independence, he formulated the 'Constitution' as a safeguard to protect the human rights of the people. The Awami League government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina has been relentlessly working for the development of human resources by upholding the Constitution and emphasizing protecting the human rights of the country’s people.
After the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members on August 15, 1975, the extremist dictators enacted the 'Indemnity Act' to protect the murderers. But the Awami League government established the rule of law and ensured justice by abolishing the black act after forming the government in 1996.
Even, Bangladesh continues to make a special effort to protect human rights internationally by sheltering 10 million Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh after being victims of genocide in Myanmar.
In 2009, soon after coming to power, the Awami League government formed the 'National Human Rights Commission. The government has taken different initiatives to make the commission work independently. An online-based 'Human Rights Course' has been launched so that a person can grow up with the idea of human rights from childhood. Moreover, the Commission for Prevention of Violence and Rape against Women and Children has launched a National Inquiry Committee for the first time.
Awami League has been always giving special importance to protecting the human rights of people to ensure everlasting peace and dignified life for Bengali people since the birth of Bangladesh. So, people’s social security and rights always come first as a priority for Awami League while governing the country.