Bangladesh

Parliament

Specialized body - Human rights

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
(February 2020)

About

Nature
Permanent

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total102
Men71
Women31
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
8
Opposition parties
2

Chairperson(s)

Chair 1
Abdul Matin Khasru
Chairperson: Sex
Male
Date of birth
12 Feb 1950
Political affiliation
Majority

Committee functions

Committee functions
Scrutinise all Bills for their compatibility with human rights
Yes
Scrutinise the Executive’s policy for compatibility with human rights
Yes
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect human rights
Yes
Scrutinise State compliance with existing UN human rights treaties
Yes
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
Yes
Scrutinise proposed human rights treaties, and other international treaties with implications for human rights, and report to Parliament thereon, prior to ratification
Yes
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the protection of human rights
Yes

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Carry out inquiries
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
Yes

Committee working methods

The Committee:
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
Yes
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
Yes

Cooperation and coordination

The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:
Other parliamentary committees
Sometimes
Civil society organisations
Sometimes
National Human Rights Institution(s) Often called “Commissions” and/or “Ombudspersons” in the area of human rights
Sometimes