Friendship’s Inclusive Citizenship sector arranged a seminar in Gaibandha, titled “Enhancing Access to Legal Aid: Empowering Marginalized Communities”, with the National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO) at the Friendship Centre on September 24, 2023. The primary objective of this seminar is to enhance legal aid services, in collaboration among the District Legal Aid Committee, Upazilla Legal Aid Committee, and Union Legal Aid Committee, in hard-to-reach areas.

Mohammad Al Mamun, Director and Head of the NLASO, attended the seminar as Chief Guest, while the special guests were Mohammad Abdur Rahman, Senior District & Session Judge, Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Domon Tribunal – 2, Gaibandha, Ms. Kazi Nahid Rasul, District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Gaibandha, Md. Kamal Hossain, Superintendent of Police, Gaibandha, Md. Maruf Hossen, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gaibandha, and Ahmed Toufiqur Rahman, Deputy Director, Inclusive Citizenship, Friendship.

Mamun mentioned that, from the initiative of the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, “Establishment of the National Legal Aid Services Organization” the door to free legal services has been opened. He also said that Friendship is working tirelessly to ensure free legal services in hard-to-reach areas. To realise the Prime Minister’s dream, he requested everyone to step forward to provide free legal services for the underprivileged and marginalized communities. He also stated that private organizations can play a pivotal role in this regard.

Kazi Nahid Rasul, District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Gaibandha, mentioned that village courts can play a crucial role in providing government legal services. She also stressed that the National Legal Aid Services Organization can play an important role in achieving the goals of SDGs. While mentioning District Administration, District Legal Aid and Friendship, she requested everyone’s coordination in this regard.
The Deputy Director of Friendship, Ahmed Toufiqur Rahman, pointed out that the collaboration between NLASO and Friendship is pivotal for ensuring justice in hard-to-reach areas.

The seminar was chaired by Md. Abul Mansoor Mian, Senior District & Session Judge, Gaibandha. Besides, the high officials of District Administration, Police, Judicial Bodies, UNOs, representatives from the local government, lawyers, journalists and other distinguished government personnel were also present in the meeting. They also highly appreciated Friendship’s initiative in providing legal services for the most underprivileged, which is invaluable for achieving SDG 16.
Founded by Runa Khan in 2002, Friendship, a Social Purpose Organisation, has been working for the climate-impacted communities who are living in hard-to-reach areas of Bangladesh particularly the Northern and southern parts of the country.

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