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Legal notice seeks halt to biometric SIM registration

By farjana - Posted on 12 March 2016

A Supreme Court lawyer on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, serves a legal notice seeking halt on biometric registration for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards of mobile operators claiming it violates privacy and has a potential malafide purpose. Star file photo

A Supreme Court lawyer today served a legal notice seeking a halt to biometric registration for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards of mobile operators claiming it violates privacy and has a potential malafide intention.

Lawyer Md Humayan Kabir Pallab also added concerns that the biometric data, supplied to some private companies, might be used for criminal activities.

The lawyer served the notice on behalf of Khairul Hasan Sarker, a citizen from Segun Bagicha in Dhaka. The collection of biometric data is absolutely illegal, arbitrary, malafide and without any substance of state security, he said in the legal notice.

Post and telecommunication secretary, law secretary, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), inspector-general of police (IGP), Dhaka metropolitan police commissioner, Grameenphone, Robi Axiata Ltd, Airtel Bangladesh Ltd, Banglalink Ltd, Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd, and Pacific Bangladesh Ltd (Citycell) have been made respondents to the legal notice.

Global campaigners for new world order based on redistributive justice

By farjana - Posted on 12 September 2015

UN summit on new universal agenda begins Sep 25

Global campaigners are spearheading a move to persuade policymakers to adopt an agenda at the UN summit for a new world order based on equality and redistributive justice for all.

As part of the global campaign, development activists at a meet in Dhaka Friday called for framing such new agenda on sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be taken up at the United Nations Summit 2015.

The meet-the-press event was organised jointly by VOICE, a development research organisation, and Beyond 2015, a global civil-society platform advocating for sustainable development goals.

The UN summit is going to be held at the UN headquarters in New York on 25-27 September on the theme 'Transforming Our World-The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)'. The global meet will adopt Sustainable Development Goals as the next development paradigm.

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end in September 2015, the United Nations undertakes new development framework that will be adopted at the summit session of world leaders during the 70th UN General Assembly.

A high-level Bangladesh delegation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves on 22nd September for the UN summit.

The Post-2015 Outcome Document Available

By farjana - Posted on 29 August 2015

The post-2015 outcome document - "Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development" is now available in the six official languages of the UN at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

 Also, please note that six issues briefs which will serve as background for the Interactive Dialogues to be held as part of the September Summit have been posted on our website at: 

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit 

Focus on reform in financial regulations for global stability

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers suggested on Wednesday reform in financial sector regulations to safeguard global economic stability and protect poor people against future economic shocks.

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end in 2015, the United Nations (UN) has taken initiatives to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 in its general assembly (UNGA).

They were speaking at a national dialogue titled 'Financing for Development in Post-2015' in the city. Two non-government organisations - VOICE and Beyond 2015 - jointly organised the programme.

Eminent economist Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over the dialogue, attended by a number of journalists and civil society members.

Prof. Dr. Mahbub Ali, former secretary Ali Kabir, chief reporter of Boishakhi Television Dip Azad, city editor of Daily Janakantha Kawsar Rahman, Jamal Uddin of Daily Ittefaq, Supro director Alison Subrata Baroi, attended the programme, among others.

VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, in his keynote paper, said financing for development clearly recognizes human rights as a basis to promote the inter-linkage between the three pillars of sustainable development - social, environmental and economic issues.

Dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers emphasized the importance of financing for the Post 2015 Development agenda that is being put forward by the United Nations with its member states. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015, the United Nations undertakes to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 through its General Assembly.

A dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015 was held jointly by VOICE and Beyond 2015 at the Weekly Ei Shomoy conference room on 13th May 2015, reports a press release. The dialogue was attended by the journalists and members of the civil society which was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad. Dr. Mahbub Ali, Former Secretary Ali Kabir, journalist Dip Azad, Chief Reporter Boishakhi Television, Kawsar Rahman, city editor of Daily Janakantha, Jamal Uddin of Daily Ittefaq, Alison Subrata Baroi, Director, Supro attended the dialogue among others.

Speakers: Financing key to Post-2015 development

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers at a dialogue yesterday emphasised on the importance of financing for Post-2015 Development agenda that is being put forward by the United Nations to its member states. 

“As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015, the United Nations undertakes to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 through its General Assembly,’’ the dialogue titled “Financing for Development in Post 2015” was told. 

Journalists and civil society members attended the dialogue jointly organised by VOICE and Beyond 2015 with eminent economist Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair.

Presenting the keynote paper, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE said: “Financing for development explicitly recognises human rights as a basis to promote the inter-linkages among the three pillars of sustainable development such as social, environmental and economic issues.” 

He also proposed to ensure coordination through cross-ministerial commissions, and integration of targets into national and local sustainable development plans, and also integration of targets into national and local budgetary processes. 

Speakers emphasize inclusive participation in the Post Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 06 May 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.

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.

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.