The Manusher Jonno Foundation today commended the government for placing the long-awaited Anti-Discrimination Bill in the Jatiya Sangsad aimed at ensuring equal rights for people and upholding dignity.
“We are hopeful that the anti-discrimination bill has been placed in the Jatiya Sangsad,” MJF executive director Shaheen Anam said in a statement.
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“The law will be a powerful tool to secure the rights of marginalized people and uphold their dignity,” she said.
The bill has been prepared in light of articles 27, 28 and 29 of the country’s constitution.
Yesterday (April 5, 2022), Minister of Justice Anisul Huq tabled the “Anti-Discrimination Bill 2022” in the national parliament.
Later, the bill was sent to the parliamentary committee of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration. The committee was asked to report on the bill within 30 days.
The MJF said it had been involved in the preparation of the bill since 2008. At the time, the MJF and different other rights groups had been campaigning for about two years across the country.
MJF has been working for 19 years for different marginalized groups including people with disabilities, Dalits, Harijan, hill and lowland ethnic minorities, transgender community, landless and sex workers.
The rights group argued for the inclusion of discrimination against all types of marginalized people in the bill.
In particular, the National Human Rights Commission has mainly raised the issue of the preparation of a draft law in this regard.
In 2013, a bill was submitted to the then Minister of Justice.