Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA)

Bangladesh

Email: mlaabd.org@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mlaabd.org

Tel: + 880-661-61518

Contact person:
Fazlul Huq (Secretary): fazlul@mlaabd.org

About:

Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA) was established in 1978 and is a rights- based organisation in the legal and human rights sector of Bangladesh.
It has a vision for establishing peace, justice and harmony in the community through various initiatives. MLAA upholds the philosophy that justice must be easily and equally accessible to every citizen
in a society governed by the rule of law. MLAA believes in integrity, justice, governance, and accountability in the way it works with oppressed, vulnerable and deprived people.

Areas of work:

MLAA began by providing free legal assistance in the formal courts, a service that it still provides today. It upholds human rights through: encouraging legal literacy; human rights education; and advocating for law and policy reform to make justice accessible to all. MLAA started its journey in Madaripur, Shariatpur and Gopalgong districts and gradually expanded its working area to other parts of the country, now covering 12 more districts.

Main lines of work:

MLAA’s strategic plan is to develop the capacity of different local stakeholders by linking micro issues with the macro level. Strategic emphasis is given to creating easy access to justice for the disadvantaged through strengthening and promoting human rights and policy reform in this field.

Activities include:

• Free Legal Aid: MLAA provides free
legal aid services to the disadvantaged who are victims of human rights abuses, who are on trial or in custody, and cannot afford a lawyer to defend them or are deprived from access to justice,
• Dispute Resolution through Mediation
and activation of UP judicial system: MLAA facilitates and resolves disputes locally through mediation, and through the Village Court & Arbitration Council of Union Parishad, as an alternative to the formal justice system,
• Human Rights Education: MLAA provides human rights education to strengthen the knowledge and skills of human rights activists to promote and protect human rights,
• Advocacy and Networking: MLAA advocates for law and policy reforms to make justice accessible for the poor and the disadvantaged.

Address:

New Town, Madaripur;
PO, Madaripur, District: Madaripur, Bangladesh