Shamsul Bari | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari

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

  • The many uses of RTI: Our imagination is the limit

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” A slight tweak of this famous quotation from British writer George Orwell will make it equally appropriate for the right to information:
  • SDGs and The Right to Information: We can't have one without the other

    The International Right to Know Day on September 28 was observed this year with much less enthusiasm in many countries. Though 90 percent of world population now live in countries where the Right to Information (RTI), or Freedom of Information (FOI), law exists, the promise of transparent and accountable governance presaged in the law remains a distant dream.
  • Of political parties, general elections and RTI in Bangladesh

    A positive outcome of the contemporary trend towards authoritarian rule by democratically elected governments around the world is that it is providing a welcome boost to the limping Right to Information (RTI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) movements globally.
  • RTI Footprints in South Asia: Tapping its potential for public causes

    Our region is well-known for its deep-rooted culture of official secrecy inherited from colonial times. So why the proliferation of a rigorous law that gives citizens a tool to probe their governments and restrain their arbitrary use of power? Nearly all countries in South Asia have now enacted a Right to Information (RTI) Act.
  • Has it lived up to the expectations?

    Nine years ago this month, the RTI Act 2009 of Bangladesh was born. It came at a time when the entire nation was filled with a deep sense of relief and hope for change and reforms.
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