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Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined June 2016
Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a national legal aid and human rights organisation of Bangladesh, provides legal and social support to the disempowered, particularly women, working children and workers. Its goal is to create a society based on equality, social and gender justice and rule of law. It seeks to create an environment for accountability and transparency of governance institutions. It was accorded special consultative status with UNECOSOC in 1998. ASK’s strategies for promotion and protection of human rights are carried out by 17 units and one component to create awareness, provide legal and social support, monitor institutional transparency, campaign and advocacy for law and policy reform.

People Associated With This Organization

Lata Das

Bangladesh  
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Peace-building
paralegal and community trainer, LLB, LLM

Maksuel Chakma

Bangladesh  
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
Joined May 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence
I am from Chakma Indigenous Community. Now I am working at Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) one of the leading human rights and legal aid organizations. I have been providing legal support to vulnerable section as well as backward Indigenous peoples and Minority peoples to ensure their rights in Bangladesh.

MD Samiul Alam Sarkar

Bangladesh  
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
Joined June 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment
After obtaining Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, I was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Bangladesh in 2008 and I have got permission to practice in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2010. Since 2011 I am working as Senior Staff Lawyer in Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a legal aid and human rights organization of Bangladesh. As a Senior Staff Lawyer of the said organization my main responsibilities are to (a) carry out legal advocacy in the form of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to secure fundamental rights of the marginalized and vulnerable groups as well as to ensure accountability of state authorities, (b) undertake grassroots advocacy to disseminate information regarding judgments and orders obtained in Public Interest Litigation (PIL), (c) review existing and proposed laws and policies to ensure conformity with human rights and preparing recommendations for reform, amendment or repeal as necessary and (d) do advocacy with state authorities to strengthen law and policy reform initiatives. The membership of Global Legal Empowerment Network will give me an opportunity to stay in touch of lawyers and community paralegals, human rights activists and grassroots organizers, health advocates and educators, researchers, journalists and public servants from different countries dedicated for legal empowerment which will help me to initiate more effective actions for strengthening legal empowerment movement based on mutual cooperation and sharing.
MD Samiul Alam Sarkar is the network champion (main point of contact) for Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).

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