Untying the Knots: Democracy Decries 02 Safeguarding Human Rights By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author) (Consecutively after last episode) Oh! It’s interesting. This game of cricket between Bang...
Untying the Knots: Democracy Decries 02
Safeguarding Human Rights
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
(All rights are reserved by the author)
(Consecutively after last episode)
Oh! It’s interesting. This game of cricket between Bangladesh and Pakistan has enthused all so much that it could be labelled as ‘a storm in a cup of tea.’ Today, everyone thinks that it will be a real nail-biter!The crispy samucha made by sister Simi has added a new dimension to that enthusiasm. It’s like we have the best of both worlds. The excitement sprang from Mahmudu’s two consecutive sixes is not going to stop soon. Mr. Knot felt isolated because no one was paying attention to his words of democracy. At that moment, Imrul came and sat close to Mr. Knot. Gulshan and Kazi were already there.
Imrul: Why are you quiet, Knot?
Mr. Knot: Nobody is listening to me except Gulshan….No one is there to listen to my words of
Imrul: What are you saying, my friend? I work right at the place of democracy, the
Commission on Human Rights, New York. Ask me, if you have any
Mr. Knot: O. K., Imrul. Is your Commission similar to the one in Bangladesh?
Imrul: May be similar, for the most part…
Mr. Knot: What do you do there?
Imrul: We do a lot of things like ending discrimination in the employment, victim of domestic
violence, stalking and sex offenses etc. Besides, the Commission implements the human
(Kazi moves a little toward them)
Kazi: As a journalist, I wrote many times on these topics in Bangladesh, raised strong voice in
talk-shows. However, it turned out almost nothing…..
Imrul: Blow off some steam, Kazi! Saying is not sufficient; we have to do the real work.Our
actions should speak louder than words. The work should not be sluggish. We need to build a wonderful system with no loopholes, a system checked and balanced by thinking atop and taking feedbacks from the bottom. It must also be equipped with all necessary details with no major sloppiness.
Kazi: Can you give me an example?
Imrul: Oh sure! Let’s talk about our Commission as mentioned. Unlike the one in Bangladesh, it
is not a powerless or worthless body. Employees under the Commission work only on the basis of laws and regulations as set forth by the legislative and the Commission itself. Officials do not depend on the mercy of any quarter for their appointments, rather they are appointed if their merits, qualifications and achievements match the requirements of their likely positions. In addition, they need to pass through the scrutiny of a legislative sub-committee hearing. Thus, they are not destined to heed to the requests of their political leadership entirely, even if they might be nominated by the leadership for such hearing as mentioned. This is because they have to testify their knowledge, skills and experiences before the sub-committee to qualify for the position and win the votes of the sub-committee members administered at the end. Furthermore, the Commission, as mentioned earlier, is free to exercise its power as permitted by the laws and regulations. Besides, our Commission has a community relations division whose duty is to train people with regard to the human right laws. In other words, the commission has a system of both enforcement of the law and providing service and training to the community members. Did you get it, Kazi?
Kazi: Yes, I got it. That’s fine.
Mr. Knot: O. K., Imrul! Is your human right law good, elaborated and easy to understand?
Imrul: Do not ask me too much. Please see their website in the internet and know the ropes. In
this age of free-flow of information, everything is at your fingertips, right? O. K., does the Human Rights Commission in Bangladesh have good laws, clear, elaborated and easy to understand?
Mr. Knot: They should have one. Nobody is willing to talk about the elephant in the room. To
say the least, the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh allows establishment of such a commission, as mentioned, for sure. Because of that provision, we see a Human Rights Commission (HRC) there like the one in New York City, without further details. That is why we see the Chairman of the HRC in Bangladesh visits the places of murder occurred very frequently only to console the survivors…
(Gulshan was not paying attention….but now she does…)
Imrul: Gulshan, you were the State Minister last time….in their Government. I have a question
for you. Can you tell us what happens after that consolation…? Do they try those cases?
Gulshan: Oh, brother Imrul! Why do they need to try those murder cases? Why are we there?
Why are our public prosecutors there for?
Mr. Knot: Oh, dear Gulshan! You are telling this being an ex-State Minister? You already have
three million cases pending for trial all over the country. Do you want to try these additional cases? I appreciate the sincere efforts of the Hon’ble Chief Justice to lessen the backlogs of these cases. You also know that ‘justice delayed, justice denied,’ right?
Gulshan: Yes, brother Knot. What would you do! After all, we are the people of Third World!
Mr. Knot: So what, Gulshan? We need to fix that. Wake up and smell the coffee! We have to see
first if the Commission has good laws and a good system of operation. If not, we need to develop them fully, update them as per the needs of the time. In addition, the Commission must work freely only paying attention to the requirements of the law as mandated by the people. Besides, the Commission should have its own case disposal system meaning it should try cases under its jurisdiction, preferably incorporating the provision of alternate dispute resolution (ADR). They could also train key community members about the laws under its jurisdiction to help them become law-abiding citizens.
Gulshan: Anything else, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Yes, make its budget operation independent as well, so it is not tagged to others for
the release of its fund. If the Commission cannot operate the budget independently, it
might again fall prey to those evil hands who usually try to interrupt the free-function
of the Commission and its mission of ‘justice for all’.
Gulshan: So, we the party persons will not do anything? Just shut up?
Mr. Knot: Oh, no Gulshan. You have a ‘silent’ job to watch over them secretly if they are
working as per laws or selling justice for money. You know that birds of a feather flocktogether, right?If it happens, there will be a disaster, no doubt. The country will sink into a mass disorder. Do not worry. You will have the power to arrest them if they do so….
Gulshan: (Smiling) Oh, brother Knot! You are a so nice man. O.K., I will tell it to my party
members….Please take your tea…it’s going cold….
(All others are busy ….with the cricket…..some of them are on the edge of their seat… commotions….)
(To be continued)
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[Disclaimer: A Few Words for the Esteemed Readers: The character(s)in this writing is (are) fictitious. They have no real existence. In addition, the main character, Mr. Knot, is merely an embodiment of a tough and complex knot whose scope of wandering is the entire world. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that whatever stem from the dialogues of these characters or their analytical breakdowns are true for the most part and merit an active reflection of the esteemed readers considering the real situation. Again, either in the dialogues of the characters or in the events, at least an issue, petite or hefty, has been explained with its proper description, scope and in-depth analysis along with a signal for likely solution, in possible cases, to it. If any reader has a dissension, other opinion, comment, question or suggestion, he or she may please inform the writer by an e-mail message or on Face Book or Skype. My Skype ID is: Khandker.ahmed898. The e-mail address is: email@example.com. Because the characters are fictitious, whatever the description or analysis thereto, there is no reason of contempt for any person or party. Therefore, I request the valued readers to count all explanations or explorations made here as merely an academic pursuit or from a research perspective. Thank you. Khandker Habib Ahmed, April 17, 2016, Bronx, New York]