Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Ain O Salish Kendro (ASK) were allowed to be  Intervener in the Suo Moto Rule No. 04/2015 (Sexual Harassment on Women at DU Campus) 

শিশু সামিউল আলম রাজনকে শারীরিক ও যৌন নির্যাতন সহ হত্যার ঘটনায় বাংলাদেশ লিগ্যাল এইড এন্ড সার্ভিসেস ট্রাস্ট (ব্লাস্ট) এর গভীর উদ্বেগ ও তীব্র নিন্দা জানাচ্ছে ও দোষী ব্যক্তিদের যথাযথ বিচার ও শাস্তি দাবী করছে

A "rape shield" law for Bangladesh: Challenging impunity, combating rape

High Court Direction in Writ Petition re Activation of Disability Rights under Section 31 and 36 of the Rights and Protection of Persons with Disabilities Act 2013

ব্লাস্টের প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ট্রাস্টি, বীর মুক্তিযোদ্ধা, সাবেক স্পীকার প্রখ্যাত আইনজীবী শেখ রাজ্জাক আলীর মৃৃত্যুর সংবাদে বাংলাদেশ লিগ্যাল এইড এন্ড সার্ভিসেস ট্রাস্ট (ব্লাস্ট) গভীরভাবে শোকাহত

High court orders police to ensure due process when investigating rape- end delay in recording cases and medical evidence [ Bangla / English // Related News ]

High Court Rule regarding Full Activation of Disability Rights Law to allow registration and remedies for People with Disabilities [ Bangla / English ]

Report Launch: Character Evidence in Rape Trials- A Comparative Study of Rape Shield Laws and the Admissibility of Character Evidence in Rape Cases

Understanding Disability: Some Do's and Don't s" by Julian Francis on The International Day for Persons with Disabilities [ Article Bangla / English ]

ধর্ষণ ও সাক্ষ্য আইনের দুর্বলতা

** লিগ্যাল কাউন্সেলিং, প্রতি বুধবার, তেঁজগাও থানা ভিকটিম সাপোর্ট সেন্টার

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. BLAST is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of eminent jurists, lawyers and human rights advocates with experience in domestic and international protection of human rights, who provide critical leadership to the organization. It is also supported by a Consultative Group, comprised of young professionals, including researchers, lawyers, and human rights advocates. It has a close relationship with the Bar Associations at all levels, in particular through its Management Committees comprised of leaders of the Bar within each District.

BLAST has gained proven expertise in providing legal aid to poor and disadvantaged clients, having undertaken some  57,467 cases to date. Over the years, out of 1,15,182 applications received for legal assistance, BLAST responded to 20,133 applications by resolving them through mediation. It has also filed about 82 public interest litigation cases before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh as part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to address institutional obstacles to justice delivery. It regularly undertakes awareness programmes on legal rights for community members in its areas of operation, including family laws, criminal law and land laws. It is also involved in regular coordination meetings with local administration officials, in particular with key actors within the justice system, including members of the judiciary and legal profession, and with civil society organisations.



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