BLAST’s primary concern is improving access to justice in Bangladesh for the poor and disadvantaged, and for marginalized communities in particular. It provides legal aid in the form of advice and legal representation, as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR). BLAST also conducts training, workshops, public interest litigation, and advocacy campaigns to spread knowledge of constitutional and legal rights.
BLAST’s advocacy campaigns target activation of institutional mechanisms such as the functioning of the courts, the activation of the National Human Rights Commission, the development, amendment, and implementation of laws, and ensuring that alternative dispute resolution is accessible and effective. BLAST works to hold the Government accountable and conducts investigations, writes reports, and holds meetings with members of the Government and the press. BLAST regularly undertakes public interest litigation to further institutional accountability.
BLAST is especially concerned about access to judicial remedies. In response to a petition filed by BLAST, the High Court ordered the Government of Bangladesh to implement legal provisions for setting up district courts in the three districts of the CHT according to the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regulation Amendment Act, 2003, and to establish Nari-o-Shishu Nirjaton Bishesh Adalat (Suppression of Violence against Women and Children Tribunals) as mandated under the Suppression of Violence against Women and Children Act 2000, as amended in 2003. After BLAST obtained a judgment in its favor, the Government established Courts of the District Judge and an Assistant District Judge in all three districts and also enabled the Tribunals to start functioning.