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.


Asian Movements’ Statement on the Green Economy

By farjana - Posted on 01 June 2012

Fight for Our Future! No Price on Nature!

We are movements and organizations from Asia, waging struggles on various fronts and arenas to defend our rights, resist policies and projects that cause harm and destruction, and to fight for immediate priorities and demands, as well as profound transformation of our societies.

We envision a social and economic system:
• that is aimed at providing for the needs of people and aspirations for a humane, empowering and liberating life in a manner that respects the earth’s capacity to regenerate, and to sustain life based on the integrity of natural systems;
• that is based on and promotes equity, parity, solidarity and mutual respect among people and nations regardless of gender, race and ethnicity, culture, capabilities and class;
• that promotes sharing of land, water, forests, atmosphere, eco-systems and territories based on the principles of stewardship and not private ownership, and the rights of all people to equitable and responsible access to, and use of the commons;
• where there is equitable and democratic control of economic resources;
• where there is peace is based on justice and not the overcoming of conflict through the use of deception and military might;

Integrate climate adaptation in budget demanded

By farjana - Posted on 25 May 2012

 A civil society group, who specially work on climate change, will hand over a memorandum to Finance Minister and all the MPs prior to budget session to press for integrating climate adaptation in the national budget, reports UNB.

Representatives of seven civil society right groups’ climate network and eight organizations announced this at a press conference at the National Press club on Wednesday.

The right groups consist of seven networks; BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB and the organizations are: BKF, OKS, CGC, CDP, BKS, Humanity Watch, PRAN and VOICE.

The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD. 

Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation gave a welcome address. Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh read out the memorandum.

The group proposed 11 priority points, which include construction of coastal embankment, long term steps to reduce river erosion, land zoning to preserve agricultural land, excavation of ponds and canals to increase reservation of surface water, inclusion of climate issue in all levels of education, extension of BADC up to upazila level to promote local seeds, innovation of alternative water source in hilly areas,

 

http://www.newstoday.com.bd/index.php?option=details&news_id=2313278&date=2012-05-24

End WB role in BCCRF management by 2013

By farjana - Posted on 12 May 2012

Green and right activists on Thursday demanded an end of World Bank’s role in the management of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund by 2013.

They expressed their concern that the government was trying to extend the time by five more years to 2018 for management of BCCRF by WB and demanded establishment of an independent body to manage the fund transparently.

They urged to form a democratic ownership of all climate fund managements by enlisting representatives from both ruling and opposition parties, civil society groups, media persons and affected people. 

The demands were raised at a press conference organised at the National Press Club in the city by 17 organisations that are vocal on climate change, environment and rights issues in the country. 

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, who read out the written speech, said the government had earlier said the WB would help to build capacity in BCCRF management until 2013 in exchange of 1 per cent service charge out of the total grants.

Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

By voice - Posted on 25 April 2012

Click here to download this text in PDF format and view the full list of signatories

 

The international climate negotiation is not the only arena of our struggles for climate justice.  But it is a critical one which now more than ever requires  much stronger concerted efforts  --  to counter moves by powerful governments, international institutions and global corporations that will bring more harm to people and planet, and to fight for global measures that will stave off catastrophic climate change and enable people to deal with present and future impacts. 

To pave the way for more powerful collective campaigning - several organizations worked together on a call for a  "Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice" that is directed at all governments and the international climate talks and effectively combines "inside" and "outside" actions. 

Civil Society Declaration to UNCTAD XIII

By farjana - Posted on 23 April 2012

Download the sign on declaration and view the list of signatories here

Download the full Word document here

United Nations TD/463

  United Nations Conference

on Trade and Development Distr.: General

20 April 2012

 

Original: English

Thirteenth session

Doha, Qatar

21–26 April 2012

Civil Society Declaration to UNCTAD XIII: 

Executive summary

Right Groups against World Bank Role in Climate Resilience Fund

By farjana - Posted on 22 April 2012

[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

By farjana - Posted on 14 February 2012

PRESS RELEASE

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

By farjana - Posted on 12 February 2012

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.

Call to Observe International Privacy Day : Data protection law to secure personal information

By farjana - Posted on 27 January 2012

[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.

National Convention on `The State of Privacy Rights in Bangladesh'

By farjana - Posted on 22 January 2012

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). 

The Convention aims to broadly discuss the issues of privacy both of it's practice and it's legal regime to raise critical awareness and perspective in order to uphold the rights to privacy. It also aims to build a broader constituency building capacity and strengthening networking through raising voices on the privacy rights issues. This will focus on sharing experiences drawing the interactions from the participants on privacy rights in Bangladesh. This will discuss on how to build synergies and coherence among policies and look for influencing policy makers to formulate privacy policy to ensure and promote privacy rights. This will also present study reports on the perception of Privacy conducted by VOICE.