The Recent Role and Views of Bangladesh Judiciary in Enforcing Right to Life, Liberty and against Inhuman Punishment: A Study
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The judiciary is an important organ of the State assigned by constitutional laws and general laws to protect and enforce citizens‘ rights either fundamental or non-fundamental legal rights. The main objective of this paper is to determine the role of the judiciary in protecting citizens‘ rights special reference right to life, liberty and right against inhuman treatment or punishment in the recent years particularly in the period (2008-2016); another objective is to examine what judicial views have been developed on the said rights in the mentioned period; next is to find out what are reality for citizens regarding their rights; and lastly is to identify the problems which were really hampering the judiciary in protecting citizens‘ rights special reference to life, liberty and right against inhumane treatment or punishment. In this paper, it is found that the judiciary has upgraded its role in protecting citizens‘ rights special reference to life, liberty and right against inhuman treatment or punishment in the several judicial pronouncements in recent years particularly in the period (2008-2016). It is also found that the judiciary could not show better performance overall in the said period as its disposal rate of cases was lesser than filing of cases due to many existing problems (Identified in Problems‘ Section). The reality comes out that along with the trend of pending cases, the numbers of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappeared citizens are gradually increasing each year in the said period except one or two cases which are giving alarming message to the citizens regarding their right to life, liberty and right against inhuman treatment or punishment (See Real Scenario Section).