Shamsul Bari | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari

    The writer is the Chairman of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) and a former Director of UNHCR.

  • From right to information to right to data

    In late 1840s, London was hit by a vicious cholera epidemic. Health officials struggled to curb the spread until Dr John Snow painstakingly collected data on the location and history of each case and traced the source to specific water supplies in the city.
  • Bangladesh's neighbours must find a durable solution

    Each refugee exodus looks different—in the numbers of human beings and the duration of their journey, in the acts of violence and atrocity, in the intensity of human suffering.
  • RTI Act: Are users getting smarter?

    The use of RTI to seek redress for personal grievances is equally popular. RTI has been used by students appearing in various public service examinations to find out if they were fairly treated by the examiners. Whether the desired information is received or not, the applications alone help alert the authorities that their performance is being watched by citizens.
  • Putting people at the heart of development

    Later this month, the world will mark the International Day for Universal Access to Information, hitherto known as International Right to Know Day.
  • Disclosure laws should be on citizens' agenda for the next elections

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal from office was the subject of much attention in Bangladesh and elsewhere. But buried within the story about political turmoil and the future of civilian rule in Pakistan was a story about leaked information and disclosure of assets.
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