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TIB: Relaxed security check for VIPs at airports unconstitutional

  • Published at 01:08 am April 12th, 2019
Shahjalal airport
File photo of the Terminal -1 of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Collected

MPs want privileged security facilities at country’s airport

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said, the proposed relaxed security for MPs and VIPs at all airports, made by the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry related Parliamentary Standing Committee, is unconstitutional and discriminative.

TIB called for rejecting the proposal, in a press release issued on Thursday.

In the letter, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said: “Recently, we came to know through reports published in the media that the Parliamentary Standing Committee related to Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry proposed to relax security for VIPs at all airports of the country for which we are worried.”

“This kind of proposal clearly violates the constitution, is discriminatory and shows abuse of power.”

“On top of it, as representatives of the people, MPs already enjoy constitutional authorities and special facilities provided by the government.

“Also this kind of proposal will affect the practice of democracy. We hope the government will discourage proposals of this kind and act on the matter,” Dr Iftekharuzzaman continued.

He further said: “Airports are sensitive places; this kind of act will make the environment vulnerable there. If security, in airports here, is compromised for the VIPs, it will conflict with international rules and regulations in the safety management of airports.”

“Furthermore, I want to ask whether they (the MPs) get such facilities when they travel abroad. As they do not get special privilege outside the country, they should not ask for it here as well.”

“We hope the government will reject the proposal without any hesitation.”

On Sunday (April 7), a MP suggested the matter to the parliamentary committee and later it was sent to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry for scrutiny after the committee members agreed upon it.”