This week’s featured resource is Citizenship Rights of Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis from Namati and the Council of Minorities, in honor of International Mother Language Day. This resource discusses two milestone judgements of the Bangladeshi High Court. @urdu Khalid Hussain, the Founder and Executive Director of Council of Minorities just visited the Namati office in DC to share his work with this community, and their successes so far in using paralegals.
The two cases included in this volume are landmark cases, confirming Urdu-speaking community members as citizens of Bangladesh, the only country most have ever known and the country they call home. It includes Bangla translations of both court judgments (the court issued them in English) as well as a two page summary of each decision (also in Bangla) to make the content easier to understand for ordinary people. Paralegals will be able to use these cases in printed form during their outreach and awareness raising in Urdu-speaking camps in Bangladesh.
We hope these English and Bangla language versions will make the significance of these legal decisions accessible to all Bangladeshis – Urdu-speakers, Bangla-speakers, government servants, and others alike. Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis no longer need to feel the law is abstract or distant; they can use these court decisions, among other legal provisions, to understand, exercise, and protect their basic rights as citizens.
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