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Govt urged to devise mechanism to measure progress

By farjana - Posted on 26 April 2015

Speakers at a seminar urged the government on Saturday to undertake a mechanism to measure the progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs), their targets and means of implementation.

They also asked the policymakers to introduce a national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process.

"A comprehensive and participatory national review mechanism that will be representative including the members of the legislation helps build national capacity to measure the results," they said.

Bangladesh earn success in achieving MDGs

By farjana - Posted on 26 April 2015

Bangladesh earn success in achieving MDGs

Bangladesh has made a remarkable success to achieve MDG goals, it still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs. This was revealed at a seminar on ‘Accountability, Monitoring and Review Framework on Post 2015 Agenda’ at the Mymensingh municipality auditorium on Saturday.

The speakers urged the government to undertake a robust accountability mechanism to measure the progress towards SDGs including their targets and means of implementation. They also asked to introduce national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process.

The post 2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality particularly among marginalized groups and improved living conditions.

A large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth and professional bodies attended the seminar, says a press release.

Speakers emphasized inclusive participation in the Post 2015 Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 25 April 2015

Speaker emphasized that United Nations must emphasize human rights in the Post 2015 development framework. They also asked that governments should include marginalized communities and women to ensure equal participation and realize gender equality and women rights in the new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015. 

Speakers spoke in the seminar `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ held on 25h April 2015 at the Satkhira Press Club, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Beyond 2015 while the seminar was presided over by eminent educationist Abdul Hamid. Among others, Nazrul Islam, Mayor, Satkhira Municipality, Nityananda Sarker, General Secretary of district teacher’s association, and Madhob Dutta, executive director of Sadesh spoke at the seminar.  

Seminar on Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights

By farjana - Posted on 24 April 2015

VOICE and Beyond 2015 are going to organize a seminar on `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ to be held on 25 May 2015 from 10:00 am. To 2:00 pm. at the Press Club, Satkhira.

The seminar aims at addressing the issues around post 2015 drawing the position and recommendations of the Beyond 2015 engaging local stakeholders to further act on collectively. 

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.

 Thanking you.

 For more information, please contact: 01711881919

Speakers demanded ensure right to privacy and data protection law in the national convention

By farjana - Posted on 01 January 2015

[Dhaka, 31 December 2014] Speakers in the national convention on ‘Privacy Rights Protection’ called the government to enact data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data.  The convention was organized by rights based organizations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information at the National Press Club, Dhaka. 

The convention proposed a draft “Data Protection Law”. The summary of the draft law has been presented by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of Eastern university Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting to ensure citizens’ right to privacy.. 

Law sought for protecting privacy, personal data

By farjana - Posted on 01 January 2015

Law sought for protecting privacy, personal data 

Speakers in the national convention on 'Privacy Rights Protection' urged the government to enact a data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data.  

The convention was organised by rights-based organisations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information at the National Press Club in the city.

The convention made an outline of a draft 'Data Protection Law'.

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE presented the summary of the draft law while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of the Eastern University Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting the law to ensure citizens' rights to privacy.

The speakers said a fresh law has to be enacted to defend privacy rights, as ensured by Article 43 of the Bangladesh Constitution.

National Convention on `Privacy Rights Protection

By farjana - Posted on 22 December 2014

Greetings from VOICE (www.voicebd.org). 

We are pleased to invite you to a National Convention on `Privacy Rights Protection' to be held from 9.30 am. to 2.00 pm. on 31 December 2014 at the VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka.  The programme will jointly be organized by VOICE and Privacy International in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan ( Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information. 

The Convention aims to broadly discuss the issues of privacy both of their practice and legal regime to raise critical awareness and perspective in order to uphold the rights to privacy. This will focus on sharing experiences drawing the interactions from the participants on privacy rights in Bangladesh. This will also discuss on how to build synergies and coherence among policies and look for influencing law and policy makers to formulate privacy policy and act to ensure and promote privacy rights. This will also present a draft on Privacy Protection in the Convention.. 

Reality of Aid Network launches new report on partnerships in post-2015 era

By farjana - Posted on 05 December 2014

With a few months before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, how development cooperation should adapt to the new post-2015 environment – particularly the partnerships that underscore such cooperation, is a key debate.

The Reality of Aid 2014 Report titled “Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development,” with 27 civil society contributions from both aid-recipient and donor countries, provides unique perspectives to this question.

VOICE contributed a article in the report titled " Redefining partnership: The Need for a holistic approach for effective development partnership in Bangladesh" 

 Since the early 1990s, the Reality of Aid Network (RoA), a Southern-led North/South network on reforming aid policies and practices, publishes a major global report assessing development aid for poverty reduction with an emphasis on qualitative analysis of the national and multilateral aid regime.

 The RoA Reports analyse and advocate key messages relating to the performance of aid donors from a unique perspective of civil society in both donor and recipient countries. These Reports have developed a reputation in many donor countries as an important independent comparative reference for accountability and public awareness of development cooperation issues.

Speakers stressed to formulate data protection

By farjana - Posted on 29 November 2014

[29 November 2014] Speakers stressed to formulate data protection law to uphold right to privacy and personal information protection from abuse. A press briefing organized by VOICE, a rights group, was held at the TMSS’s Usha conference room at Bogra yesterday (Saturday).  

In the statement, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE said that information is increasingly being made more easily available electronically via the Internet, often without the consent of the individual. He expressed concerns over the increased nature of surveillance in the society that creates fear among citizens and undermines the democratic practices and norms. He emphasized to hold agencies accountable for not being protecting right to privacy of the citizens. Drawing the examples of mobile phone companies, internet service providers and government service agencies for telecommunication, he stressed to formulate data privacy policy to protect citizens’ right to privacy. He also said the citizens shall have the privacy to his correspondence and other means of communication as per Article 43 of the Constitution. Any personal data collected by state agencies and private companies should be preserved by their respective privacy policies. He urged to take necessary action for formulating a data privacy law. 

Talk show on Right to Privacy @ Boishakhi Television

By farjana - Posted on 28 October 2014

A TV Talk Show on Right t Privacy will be broacasted at Boishakhi Television today on 28th ctober 2014. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, excutive director of VOICE and Privacy Rights advocate will moderate the show while Barrister Tanjib ul Alam and Prof. Shamim Reza from Dhaka University will present as discussant.