National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh

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National Human Rights Commission
জাতীয় মানবাধিকার কমিশন (এনএইচআরসিবি)
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MottoHuman Rights for All, Everywhere, Equally
মানবাধিকার সবার জন্য, সর্বত্র, সমানভাবে
Agency overview
Formed9 December 2007
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyThe People's Republic of Bangladesh
Operations jurisdictionThe People's Republic of Bangladesh
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh

Agency executives
  • Nasima Begum[1], Chairman
  • Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Full Time Member
Parent agencyLegislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division
Statutory Independent Institution of the statesNHRC
Official website

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) (Bengali: জাতীয় মানবাধিকার কমিশন) of Bangladesh is an autonomous public body which came into existence on 9 December 2007. It was established by the Caretaker government of Bangladesh. The organization was constituted under the provisions of the National Human Rights Commission Ordinance. It was reestablished by the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2009 after the original ordinance lapsed.[2] Then it was reconstituted in 2009 as a national advocacy institution for human rights promotion and protection. It is committed to the accomplishment of human rights in a broader sense, including dignity, worth and freedom of every human being, as enshrined in the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and different international human rights conventions and treaties to which Bangladesh is a signatory.


The purpose of establishing such splendid institution is to contribute to the embodiment of human dignity and integrity as well as to the safeguard of the basic order of democracy so that inalienable fundamental human rights of all individuals are protected and the standards of human rights are improved in the country. Established by the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2009 in consonance with Bangladesh's commitment to international human rights law, the Commission serves as a mechanism for the enrichment of the realization of human rights. Its journey is aimed at creating a culture of human rights through public enlightenment on diverse human rights issues so that the people of the country can contribute to larger peace and security keeping in pace with the ‘progressive aspirations of humankind.’


A Selection Committee is formed consisting of seven members under headed by Speaker of the Parliament. Based upon its recommendation the President of Bangladesh appoints the Chairman and Members of the Commission.[2]



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  2. ^ a b "About". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ ET Bureau. "NHRC directs MHA to pay Rs 5 lakh to Felani Khatun's father". timesofindia-economictimes. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ Ahmed, Kawser. "Decoding HR perceptions in Bangladesh". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ "BANGLADESH: Calls for end to torture, extrajudicial killings". IRINnews. IRIN. Retrieved 2 January 2016.