ELCOP............Empowerment Through Law of the Common People

Organizational Profile of ELCOP

Name of Organization : Empowerment through Law of the Common People

Contact Person : Dr. Rahmat Ullah, Executive Director,
Cell: 01713000659

Present Address : Sagorica Complex-B, 46 Mirpur Road, Suite # 1/South,

Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh.
Phone – 880-2-8653542, Fax: 880-2-8653542.
E-mail –elcop71@gmail.com

Date & Forum of Registration:

(i) 07 September, 2002. Joint Stock Companies & Firms
(ii) 29 June, 2005 NGO Affairs Bureau.

Introduction: Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) is a voluntary, non-profitable, non-political, non-governmental human rights education, research and training organization dedicated to the common people of Bangladesh. ELCOP is embracing communities for democracy, justice and empowerment through action and participation.

ELCOP’s Objectives:

ELCOP aims at achieving the following objectives:
► Provide people with specific legal information, making them conscious of their
rights and duties;
► Improve understanding of basic norms and values underlying democracy in the
► Foster justice, tolerance, fairness and transparency in the society;

► Contribute effectively in bringing up the marginalized sections of our society and
to their empowerment;
► Involve the students and the teachers of law in promoting legal awareness in order
to impact the process of institutionalization of democracy.

The dominant feature of ELCOP is that it is administered and managed by the law students and teachers of different universities of Bangladesh. It also involves those legal experts in its activities who are concerned, have commitment and are competent enough to deal with human rights and empowerment issues.


The activities of ELCOP can be better understood by its 4 facets, namely,
1. Protidiner Ain (Street Law) – It is basically an awareness programme about human rights, democratic norms, rights and duties and other legal issues of daily life. ELCOP is the pioneer of street law programme in the country making Bangladesh a member of a group of more than 70 countries where identical programs have been extremely popular and successful.

Objectives of Protidiner Ain:

● To give clear idea of law, rights and duties;
● To provide legal information essential for daily life;
● To create awareness about rights of deprived people, especially women and children;
● To motivate people to play a role of stakeholder in establishing rule of law;
● To educate responsible citizenry.


Since its inception ELCOP has conducted this programme in the different high school of Dhaka, Chittagong. Protidiner Ain trains about 3600 students of secondary levels, 100 school teachers, 700 slum dwellers, 300 workers in formal and informal sectors.

2. Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) - Human Rights Summer School is a two-week long intensive residential programme that facilitates the law students of public universities of home and abroad to be introduced with the alternative and parallel methods of learning human rights, developing their better understanding, research capability and skill of advocacy for protection and promotion of human rights leading to empowerment of common people.

Objectives of HRSS:

● To sensitize students on crucial societal issues like poverty alleviation,
empowerment of women, rights of the minority, environmental issues etc.
● To teach the students of law how to identify the issues;
● To provide the students a modern and effective methodology for the
implementation of basic human rights;
● To plant in the students a deep sense of social responsibility;
● To train a group of pro-human rights and anti-generic lawyers who will play a more
efficacious role in protecting and upholding human rights.


ELCOP has conducted 12 HRSS on human rights and different issues having 12 HRSS manuals (list enclosed) and graduated more than 600 law students from home and abroad.

3. Community Law Reform (CLR) – It is a research oriented programme. The programme results in a detailed and authentic research publication about indigenous, tribal or any deprived community. The research reflects their legal and non-legal problems and with recommendations for their empowerment by highlighting the solution of their problems and by bringing them alongside the mainstream population. Under CLR programme potential community leaders are identified and trained for their capacity building so that they can help themselves to improve the condition.

Objectives of CLR:

● To identify the legal grievances of the minorities;
● To suggest specific measures whereby deprivations and grievances may, as far as
practicable, be remedied by effecting reforms of the existing customary and legal
framework of each of the communities;
● To create a group of potential motivators and community leaders.


Developed research skills of more than 95 law graduates of 4 public universities of Bangladesh and published 7 research monograph on 6 specific marginalized groups (list of publication enclosed)
CLR produces 15 potential community leaders annually by way of training and dissemination of information. It also publishes at least one research paper depicting the overall scenario of a specific community every year.

4. Development and Law Training (DLT) – ELCOP imparts, both on its own initiative and upon invitation from other organizations, persons etc. training on different issues of law, human rights and development. It also organizes different Training of Trainers (TOTs) programs.


Since its inception ELCOP has conducted huge number of trainings for professionals of Government and Non-government organizations on Human Rights and Good Governance, human Rights and empowerment of marginalized groups, Refugees.


ELCOP publications include Human Rights Summer School Manuals, research books on marginalized and disadvantaged communities under the Community Law Reforms, textbooks and training manuals under the Protidiner Ain programme.

Under the Community Law Reform programme ELCOP has so far, successfully accomplished seven research programs. The research publications are:

No Title of the Research Published in
1 “Tying The Knot: Community Law Reform And Confidence Building In The Chittagong Hill Tracts”. 2001
2 “In Search of a Withering Community: The Santals of Bangladesh”. 2002
3 “A Community in Transition: The Biharis in Bangladesh.” 2003
4 Combating the Khasi Uprooting: Humanity Cries 2004
5 The Garos: Struggling to Survive in the Valley of Death 2006
6 Agony of Development: A study in Pauperization of Displaced Communities. 2007
7 Life on a swing: Human Rights of the Riverbank Erosion Induced Displacees 2009

ELCOP published ten manuals for the Human Rights Summer Schools on the eve of each summer school, namely,

No. Name of the Manual Published in
1 Human Rights Summer School Manual 2000
2 Human Rights and Empowerment 2001
3 Human Rights and Development 2002
4 Human Rights and Globalization 2003
5 Human Rights and Good Governance 2004
6 Human Rights and Non-State Actors 2005
7 Human Rights and Domestic Implementation Mechanism 2006
8 Human Rights and Corruption 2007
9 Human Rights 60 years after UDHR 2008
10 Post-Conflict Justice Peace & Human Rights 2009
11 Human Rights and Sovereignty Over Natural Resources 2010
12 Human Rights and Environment 2011

Besides, ELCOP published two textbooks and trainer’s manuals which are the following:

No. Title of the Research Published in
1 ProtidinerAin (Street Law) 2001
2 Bostibashir Jonno Protidiner Ain 2002
3 Human Rights and Governance (Training Manual) 2006

Human Resources (Permanent):

Executive Committee: 8 members

Chairman: Justice Md. Golam Rabbani

Executive Director: Dr. Md. Rahmat Ullah,
Associate Professor of Law, University of Dhaka

Treasurer Prof. Mustafizur Rahman

Director: Dr. Shima Zaman
Associate Professor ,
Department of Law, Dhaka University

Chief Coordinator: Mr. Shafiqur Rahman Khan,
Faculty of Law, Jagannath University, Dhaka

Coordinators: (1) Mr. S. M. Masum Billah, Assistant Professor of Law
Jagannath University, Dhaka

(2) Ms. Arpeeta Shams Mizan

(3) Ms. Umme Wara Mishu

Program Manager Maksudur Rahman

Other Staffs: 2 persons.


ELCOP holds office space of 1800 square feet with adequate technical facilities ( computers, printer, scanner etc.) it has no vehicle of its own. It has a good collection of books in its library (approximately more than 300 copies).