Temporary human rights?

Temporary human rights?
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First Published: Thu, Mar 22 2007. 12 10 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 22 2007. 12 10 AM IST
The government’s decision, in principle, to form a National Human Rights Commission (is) positive news for the country...owing to the growing concerns about...human rights issues in Bangladesh... The irony here is that a job that should have been accomplished by a political government has now been undertaken by a caretaker administration. Beyond the irony, though, lies a strong argument as to why there is today a fundamental need to ensure that institutional arrangements are in place for a safeguarding of rights... An essential underpinning for the proposed commission must be its absolute, guaranteed independence from the executive. Since the commission may be perceived as another step toward a reform of the political process...the commission must not come tied to the apron strings of any political authority.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 22 2007. 12 10 AM IST
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