VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale. By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices.
United Nations TD/463
United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development Distr.: General
20 April 2012
21–26 April 2012
Civil Society Declaration to UNCTAD XIII:
[Dhaka, 12th April 2012] Six civil society climate networks and eleven organizations has organized a human chain and rally in front of national press club on 12th April 2012 in Dhaka. They have demanded there should not be any more fiduciary management role of World Bank in Bangladesh climate resilience fund beyond 2013, they also demanded an independent institution with democratic ownership for all climate fund management. They have also express worries that there is a conspiracy going to extend present role of World Bank in resilience fund until 2018.
The networks and organization who have organized the rally are, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Climate Finance Goverance Network (CFGN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Equity and Justice Working Group (Equity), Network for Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB), Arpon, Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity (BBS), Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Centre for Global Change (CGC), Kishani Shoba, Manush Manusher Jonno, Media Foundation for Trade and Development (MFTD), OK Society, SDO, Sirajgong Flood Forum, Shurakka O Aggragoti Foundation (SAF) and Voice.
Speakers demanded privacy and data protection law in the national convention
[Dhaka, 11 February 2012] Speakers in the national convention on ‘Right to Privacy and Data Protection’ called the government to enact a privacy and 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 ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF), Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO), Campaign on Citizen’s Right to Information, EquityBD, Media Watch and Somewhere in…blog at the CIRDAP conference auditorium on 11 February 2012.
Justice (Retd) Jolam Rabbani, presided over the convention while he stated, everyone wants to have the protection of their privacy. A fresh law has to be formed to defend privacy rights, assured by article 43 of Bangladesh constitution. He also mentioned that before making the law, the definition of personal information should be made more specific considering the national context and spirit. He also urged to form tribunal in all divisional cities in the country to protect people’s right to privacy and data protection.
Tribunal needed to protect citizen’s right to privacy
Justice (Retd) Golam Rabbani on Saturday urged the government to form a national tribunal to protect citizens’ right to privacy. “The tribunal should operate in every district in Bangladesh and collect anecdotal evidence from ordinary people, so as to form an effective policy to protect their rights to privacy,” he said during a ‘National convention on right to privacy and data protection.’
It was held at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital and organised by the non-governmental organization Voice, in association with Bangladesh ICT Journalist’s Forum, Campaign for Citizen’s Right to Information, Campaign for Good Governance, Privacy International, Media watch, Equitybd and somewhere in.blog
Justice Rabbani said the Right to Information Act 2009 emphasises that information that may endanger public security or impede the judicial process should not be disclosed.
“The problem is that many people remain unaware of the RTI Act. Everyone should become familiar with the concepts of privacy and disclosure,” he said.
Sayed Marghub Morshed, former chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said that protecting individual’s personal information has become more crucial than ever before.
[Dhaka, 27 January 2012] `VOICE’ a media advocacy organization calls NGOs, civil society organizations and rights groups to observe Privacy Day (28 January) to uphold privacy and data protection.
We urge the government to ensure people’s right to privacy through building policy coherence and creating an independent privacy commission.
Any interception and surveillance of email, messaging, telephony involving recording the conversations of clients’ messages is illegal for any operator. “Privacy” itself is guaranteed under Article 39(2)(a) and Article 43 of the fundamental rights of the Bangladesh Constitution. Article 33(2)(a) entrenches “the right of every citizen to freedom of speech and expression” and Article 43 guarantees “the privacy of home and correspondence and communications”.
Privacy also guaranteed in Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A perception study on privacy rights conducted recently by VOICE, shows that 83% respondents feel uneasy to share very personal information (e.g. sexual desire) to others while 79% identified income as their 2nd most priority issue that they do not want to disclose and 75% people do not like to share information about their own resources.52% of respondents think that information would be unsafe and to used for another purposes.
A National Convention on `The State of Privacy Rights in Bangladesh' will be held on 11 February 2012 in the CIRDAP auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The programme will jointly be organized by VOICE and Privacy International in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan ( Campaign for Good Governance).
A national convention on 'Privacy Rights' will be held on 11 February 2012 at CIRDAP auditorium (17 Topkhana Road, Dhaka).The convention will be attended stakeholders from different sectors including NGOs CSOs, human rights activists, women organizations, media, private sectors, government policy makers, members of parliament.
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BetterAid Statement on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
Civil society have come together as a unified community and participated constructively in the processes leading to Busan, the HLF4, including the final negotiations. We join other development actors in welcoming the Busan partnership agreement on an inclusive new global partnership.
The Busan partnership is an advancement from Accra in many areas crucial to civil society. For the first time since the Paris Declaration, democratic ownership has been acknowledged as fundamental principle of development cooperation implemented through inclusive partnerships. The new partnership shifts the focus from a technical aid effectivenessagenda towards a new development effectiveness agenda that is more inclusive, more political, and focused on results as rights based development outcomes rather than aid delivery.
Through the Busan Partnership, a new global governance framework will move the development agenda towards a broader framework that is more inclusive, involving not only the OECD-DAC, but also the United Nations, South-South Cooperation actors, parliamentarians and local authorities, civil society and the private sector.
“Better Aid and Development Effectiveness for the World We Want”
CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT
TO THE FOURTH HIGH LEVEL FORUM ON AID EFFECTIVENESS
“International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights” Demanded New Legal Institutional Framework at Durban UN Talks
[Durban, 6 December 2011] Speakers in a public dialogue said that climate change catastrophe not only pose mortal danger but also lead to the destruction of the means of livelihood which threat to millions of people in the global south to become refugee. Recent studies show that around 30 million people from the coastal areas of Bangladesh, 300 thousand from the Maldives, 10 million from Vietnam, 10 million from Mediterranean Egypt, and 600 thousand from Guyana will be displaced due to loss of land as a result of climate change effects.
The public dialogue organized by the International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR) is held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal today while the civil society groups urged the global leaders to form legal framework for the displaced victims--climate refugee.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, convenor of the Campaign said“a legal safeguard protocol should be in place to ensure the political, social, cultural and economic rights of the climate refugees by the international community presently meeting under the Conference of Parties (COP-17) here in Durban, South Africa”.