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Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined April 2012
Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex court. It prioritises support to women, men and children living in poverty or facing disadvantage or discrimination. It also provides legal aid, advice and representation across a range of areas, including civil, criminal, family, labour and land law, as well as on constitutional rights and remedies, providing access to judicial remedies alongside alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. Alongside individual legal aid, BLAST undertakes strategic litigation, or public interest litigation, as a key part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to ensure effective legal protection of rights.

Currently operating in 19 districts across the country, BLAST works through its staff lawyers (and paralegals and researchers) at headquarters and in each district unit, in collaboration with its enlisted panel of about 2300 lawyers across the country who provide legal redress to clients on a pro bono basis, with a nominal honorarium. A panel of lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh also undertakes litigation and advocacy on law and policy reform.

People Associated With This Organization

Abdullah Titir

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
I am a non-practising Barrister, currently working as a researcher in Bangladesh, specialising in the field of gender and sexuality, and working to coordinate, support and catalyse advocacy initiatives and public interest litigation around the reform of discriminatory laws addressing sexual and gender-based violence, and the inclusive legal recognition of protection of the rights of gender and sexual diverse communities in Bangladesh. I am currently employed as a Research Specialist at the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), the largest non-governmental legal services organisation in Bangladesh providing free legal advice, mediation and litigation support to individuals in poor and marginalised communities. It also undertakes research, advocacy and public interest litigation to ensure effective legal protection of rights, and implements a number of core programmes to legally empower people and communities across the country. As part of my work at BLAST, I focus particularly on building dialogue with young people in universities on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and am involved closely in initiatives to build the capacity of gender diverse community members through legal empowerment and education, research and advocacy on issues of equality, gender and diversity, and sexual and gender-based violence, and addressing discrimination through advocating for reforms in legislation and policies. In joining the network, I hope to connect with other human rights advocates and human rights defenders working with communities all over the globe, to exchange experiences and build resources, and to learn from challenges and best practices in building movements and taking forward community-based activism.

Madhuri Kibria

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
I am joining the network in order to register for the Legal Empoewrment Network Leadership Course on Gender Justice. I work as a Research and Development intern with Bangladesh Legal Aid & Services Trust (BLAST).

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MAHBUBA AKHTER

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined July 2019
Interests: Gender-based violence
Mahbuba Akhter, working as a Deputy Director, Advocacy and Communication, BLAST, which is one of the largest legal services organizations in Bangladesh, operating in over twenty five districts.
BLAST is working to establish a society based on the rule of law by enabling access to justice for poor people, particularly the marginalised and vulnerable. As a Deputy Director (Advocacy and Communication) of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), I am supervising and directing the implementation of Advocacy activities; maintain liaison with the government, partners and with the civil society organizations. Also I maintain a close network with government and Media.

Maksudur Rahman Bhuiyan

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined February 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice
I'am a librarian of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust in Bangladesh.
BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex cour.

Md. Tajul Islam

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust... (Unverified)
Joined October 2012
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Md. Tajul Islam completed his Masters in Laws with Honors’ from Rajshahi University of Bangladesh. He has also an advanced Masters with research in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Dhaka University in collaboration with Virginia State University, USA. His research thesis is focused on Gender and Crime. Currently he is working with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) as Adviser (Advocacy and Capacity Building). Mr. Islam has seventeen years of experience with BRAC, Nagorik Uddyog, BNWLA, CIDA, UNDP and DFID on access to justice, community justice, gender justice, legal empowerment and human rights. He has developed a good number of module and curriculum for various levels of learners on Gender Relation Analysis (GRA), Domestic Violence, Child Rights, Human Rights in General, Paralegal, Community Mediation, Human Rights Project Management. In addition, he has extensive experience in research on vulnerability, exclusion and discrimination as well as access to justice and legal empowerment.

Mostofa Md. Mostofa Zamil

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined September 2016
Deputy Director (Programme) of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Salwa Jahan Nabila

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined March 2019
I work as a Research and Grants Development Officer at BLAST

Sara Hossain

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2012
I'm a lawyer and have been practicing at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh for almost 30 years, a partner at the law firm of Dr Kamal Hossain and Associates, and involved pro bono with the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust. I'm joining the network to connect with similar organisations and with lawyers with an interest in using the law, to build institutions and commitment to challenging discrimination and arbitrary action, and protecting fundamental rights.

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Taqbir Huda

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Health, Labor & Employment, Policy Advocacy & Governance
I am a Research Specialist at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), where my research aims to activate accountability for human rights violations by bridging the gap between academia and activism, with a particular focus on gender based violence and labour exploitation. I have used my research to build evidence for human rights advocacy, support public interest litigation and draft legislative reform proposals. By joining the network, I hope to learn sustainable justice strategies from other grassroots human rights defenders and be part of a global campaign for justice.

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