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Government’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’ against corruption

March 03, 2019 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, February 15, 2019
Government’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’
against corruption
How we can use RTI to help achieve it
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
In her first address to the nation after being sworn in for her third consecutive term last month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced “zero tolerance for corruption” as a key policy of her new government. This was followed by the release of Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, in which—much to the government’s annoyance—Bangladesh was ranked below all other South Asian countries except for war-torn Afghanistan.
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Stop-and-go: Use of RTI in Bangladesh

January 15, 2019 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, January 14, 2019
Stop-and-go: Use of RTI in Bangladesh
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
International observers who follow global trends on the progress of transparency and accountability instruments, such as Right to Information (RTI) or Freedom of Information (FOI), which have witnessed phenomenal growth in the last three decades, are often asked if the laws have fared well in their new abodes with varying levels of democratisation. Read More..

Progress and regress of RTI in Bangladesh

December 20, 2018 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, December 15, 2018
Progress and regress of RTI in Bangladesh
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
As the Right to Information (RTI) regime nears completion of its first decade of
existence, we asked a few scholars, advocates and users of the law for their views
on its progress so far. Results were mixed.
A common view is that Bangladesh’s RTI regime has not lived up to its expectations. Many are just happy that the law continues to exist, however waveringly, and has not withered away, as some had feared. Read More..

The many uses of RTI: Our imagination is the limit

November 29, 2018 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, November 15, 2018
The many uses of RTI: Our imagination is the limit
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” A slight tweak of this famous quotation from British writer George Orwell will make it equally appropriate for the right to information: “If the right to information means anything at all, it means the right to ask questions that the powerful may not want you to ask.” Read More..

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