BLAST has filed writ petitions in the High Court and engaged in public interest litigation to ensure that the Government takes positive action to secure the right to life. BLAST has consistently argued that the right to life encompasses not only negative duties on the state, but also positive obligations, for example, to secure the right to livelihood or shelter, and has successfully obtained judicial recognition of this expanded understanding of the right to life.
Laws that BLAST works to ensure are enforced to uphold the right to life include the Safe Blood Transfusion Act, 2002; the Building Construction Act, 1952; and Labour Code, 2006. According to Article 32 of the Constitution of Bangladesh, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” BLAST has successfully challenged slum evictions under Articles 31 and 32 of the Constitution, which protect the right to life and have been interpreted by the High Court to include and incorporate the right to livelihood and accordingly the right to shelter. See Right to Shelter for more information.