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National Seminar on Access to Legal Aid Services in Bangladesh



Khan Foundation organizes a National Seminar on Access to Legal Aid Services in Bangladesh on February 7, 2017 at Hotel Bengal Blueberry,Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212. The Resident Coordinator of UNDP, Mr. Robert Watkins, who is the primary representative for the UNDP in Bangladesh, was the Guest of Honour of this seminar. Advocate Z.I. Khan Panna, Member, Executive Committee, Bangladesh Bar Council; Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Former Chairman, National Human Rights Comission;Mr Nur A Khan Additional District & Session Judge, Chittagong; HE Ms Sidsel Bleken, Ambassodor, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka, HE Mr Benoit-Pierre Laramee, High Commissioner of Canada, HE Ms Sophie AUBERT,Ambassador, Embassy of France as the special guests to present their views on the issue. Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan, Former Minister Bangladesh provided the concluding remarks for the seminar. During the seminar, Khan Foundation presented a research paper depicting the current scenario of Legal Aid Services. The main objectives of the study were to discuss the present situation of legal aid services of Bangladesh to identify the legal aid service working areas conducted by the government and NGOs, to assess the gaps in access of the disadvantaged community to the legal aid services, to describe the present condition of the legal aid service committees of Districts, Upazillas and Unions and to evaluate the role of NGOs in providing legal aid services. Both quantitative and qualitative data was collected for the purposes of this research from November 2014 until May 2016 across 64 districts. Key donors and stakeholders working in the field of legal aid services were present at the seminar.
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