Court verdicts on environmental protection not followed

Dhaka, Nov 30 (UNB)

Green activists at a discussion on Friday said administrative weakness, inefficiency, corruption, and lack of political will and campaign are the key obstacles to implementing the court verdicts for protecting the country’s environment.

They said the environmentalists went to court appealing to stop the activities which damage the country’s environment and water bodies, and responding to their appeal, the court has already announced a number of historical verdicts and directives to protect the environment.

But unfortunately, these verdicts have not been implemented yet, the environmental activists said at the discussion, organised by Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) at the National Press Club in the city this (Friday) morning.

Chaired by president of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh Adv Manzil Murshed, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Poba general secretary Kamal Pasha Chowdhury, joint general secretary Syed Monwar Hossain, Dr Zahid Biswas of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services, WBB Trust director Adv Syed Mahbubul Alam and senior researcher of Bangladesh Law Commission Ataur Rahman.

The speakers said a number of cases has been filed in last couple of years with a view to protecting rivers, water bodies, hills, sea
beach, play grounds and architectural sites from illegal occupation and most of the time, the court verdicts in the cases go in favour of public interest.

Reviewing the verdicts of 321 cases, they said it was found that the verdicts were fully implemented in only 5 percent cases while not at all implemented in 25 percent cases and the implementation is continuing in 65 percent cases.

The overall picture of implementation of the court verdicts is frustrating, they added.

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