09 September 2010
Call on Bangladesh to ratify treaty to enable access to justice

Imagine your government demolishes your home without warning and you are left on the street.

Picture being denied emergency medical care to deliver your baby because you cannot pay the bill.

Suppose a company has polluted your water supply and made it unsafe to drink but there’s nothing you can do.

For too many people, the rights to adequate housing, food, water, health, work and education are denied on a daily basis. Governments have too often paid only lip service to their obligations under international law to ensure economic, social and cultural rights for all.

All governments have committed to reducing poverty and meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. But people living in poverty are often denied their rights, let alone any real opportunity to hold governments accountable.

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) creates a new international mechanism that will enable people whose rights have been denied -- and do not have a remedy in their own country -- to seek justice through the UN.

A country must ratify or accede to the Protocol to make it legally binding.

Amnesty International is part of the international NGO Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR which is calling on all governments worldwide to ratify the Protocol.

Tell the Bangladeshi government that if it really wants to ensure access to justice for all human rights and reduce poverty, it should prove it by ratifying the Optional Protocol.

Read the appeal in Bangla: সুবিচার পেতে বাংলাদেশের প্রতি চুক্তি অনুমোদনের আহ্বান জানান

Sign the Petition:

Read, sign and send the appeal below to the President of Bangladesh.

Ratify Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
Dear President,

I urge you to ensure that victims of all human rights abuses are provided with access to effective remedies by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

By doing this, Bangladesh  will demonstrate a clear commitment to ensuring that all people, particularly those living in poverty, can access justice and hold governments to account when their rights are denied. It will also strengthen the legal recognition and implementation of economic, social and cultural rights in Bangladesh and around the world.

Yours sincerely,

Justice now! Ratify to protect all human rights

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