It gives me immense pleasure to learn that Law and Justice Division of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is going to hold ‘National Legal Aid Day 2014’ in Dhaka with a view to providing legal aid to the helpless, poor and underprivileged people of the country.
One of the basic responsibilities of a civilized democratic state is to ensure the legal protection of all citizens. According to Article 27 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, “All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of Law”. In this context, poverty cannot be a barrier in getting justice. In spite of such mentions stated in the constitution, too many people remain deprived of legal protection because of financial crisis and social disparity. Keeping that in mind the present Government passed the Legal Aid Service Act, 2000 during its previous tenure to reach legal aid at the doorsteps of the financially insolvent and destitute people. Every day, under the Legal Aid Service Act, 2000 a huge number of helpless, poor and disadvantaged people are receiving Government legal aid services. As a result of sincere efforts of the government, the legal aid service has spread massively across the country, in the Districts, Upazilas, Unions as well as in the Supreme Court.
In the past five years, progress in the Government’s legal services has immensely contributed to the socio-economic development of the country. I heartily appreciate and congratulate the judges, lawyers, NGO workers, human rights activists as well as District, Upazila and Union Lagal Aid Committees on their extraordinary contribution for the expansion of the Government’s legal aid services. On this day it is my expectation that more destitute people of the country would receive government legal aid.
I wish all-out success of all programmes undertaken on the occasion of the `National Legal Aid Day-2014’.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.