Shamsul Bari | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari

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

  • Engaging citizens to use the RTI law

    Those who read this column regularly are aware of its two recurring themes.
  • Law needs RTI-defenders

    The global excitement about Right to Information (RTI) appears to be on the wane. Instead of facilitating citizens’ role to monitor public work by accessing official documents, governments are resorting to procedural and other hurdles to curtail the reach of the law.
  • RTI law: Bridging the gap between promise and practice

    The euphoria accompanying the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War era late last century was followed by an upsurge of democracy in the new republics and a resurgence in nominal democracies.
  • The growing maturity of RTI use in Bangladesh

    Last month, the International Right to Know Day was an occasion for the champions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in Bangladesh to show how the law helps to strengthen democracy and advance good governance.
  • Time to move up the ladder to maximise RTI effects

    The United Nations observes September 28 as the International Day for Universal Access to Information, informally known as the International Right to Know Day. It is one of the 165 annual international days declared by the UN to raise public awareness about