Promoting Access to Justice and Human Rights

What is the project about?

The project sought to build the capacity of the Law & Parliamentary Affairs Division (LPAD) of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) to build produce high quality legislation in a planned manner. This included strengthening the institutional capacity of LPAD to undertake prioritized, inclusive and higher quality legislative reform, as well as to provide advice on international treaties, conventions and international legal affairs.

What have we accomplished so far?

The A2J project supported LPAD to develop a new strategic plan for 2014-17 to assist in their work by clarifying the overall direction and identifying relevant priorities.

The Project worked closely with LPAD to support a variety of law reforms. This includes  supporting draft Bills seeking to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, the Evidence Act, 1872, and the Arbitration Act, 2001 to modernize the systems for summons to be issued, ensure that rape victims are medically examined by registered doctors, fix time-frames for police investigations and make it easier to use scientific evidence in the courts.

Access to legal resources was also improved for the legal practitioners as well as other stakeholders via the Project’s work in translating 22 selected laws relating to access to justice which were published in 4 books, as well as developing a comprehensive explanatory note to use as an advocacy tool for Powers of Attorney Act. An index of treaties stating the status of major ICTPs signed, ratified and accessed by Bangladesh was also prepared on behalf of the A2J Project.

The Project also provided important support to the Law Commission to prepare recommendation papers for the amendments to Family Laws of Bangladesh. This involved research and consultations with academics, lawyers, members of the civil society, representatives from NGOs, Bangladesh Islamic Foundation, Muslim, Hindu and Christian religious communities, and the media. With input from all these stakeholders, the Law Commission prepared a recommendation paper for the amendment of Hindu Family Law of Bangladesh which was submitted to the MoLJPA for consideration and action.

Who finances it?

Donor  Amount
UNDP Track Funding $ 4,000,000

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year  Amount 

$ 56,078


$ 457,789


$ 659,583


$ 294,057


$ 863,799


$ 622,217


$ 410,132


$ 414,248


$ 54,669



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