Civil society calls for people’s court against World Bank

By voice - Posted on 08 February 2006

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Tanim Ahmed - New Age

Members of the civil society said the World Bank, along with some other global lending agencies, should be brought to justice for their misdeeds in Bangladesh.
Activists, lawyers and researchers, at a press briefing of the Alliance against World Bank Immunity on Tuesday, said their movement was no more only limited to stopping the government from giving the World Bank legal immunity. They said the lending agency should be brought to trial.

Role of international NGOs at HK meet criticised

By voice - Posted on 30 December 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005


Speakers at a discussion Thursday said that international NGOs refrained from playing positive role to secure Bangladesh’s interests as a least developed country at the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Hong Kong.
The observation came at a discussion on ‘Reflections, Critique and Assessment for Future Actions of WTO’. Most of the NGOs which had participated in the Hong Kong meet joined the discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium.

Civil society to watch over LDC negotiators at WTO

By voice - Posted on 10 December 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The LDCs@MC6, a platform of civil society organisations, will keep an eye on negotiators of the least developed countries as well as those from developed and developing countries during the sixth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation scheduled in Hong Kong, December 13-18.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday.

Seminar against GM food

By voice - Posted on 05 December 2005

Monday, December 5, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

Speakers at a consultation meeting on Sunday urged the government to take initiative to stop endorsing the genetically modified food and seeds that pose threat to human health, environment and farmers.

Statement on the draft The International Financial Organizations (Amendment) Act-2004 to provide immunity

By voice - Posted on 30 November 2005

1. The government of Bangladesh has drafted a law regarding giving Immunity to the World Bank from all legal procedures of the country, which will be presented in the next September session of the Parliament for its approval. The law will be named as The International Financial Organization (Amendment) Act-2004.
2. In order to operate in the partner- countries Word Bank has to follow an Article of Agreement, which has approval from its Board of Directors. As per this article a law in the name of The International Financial Organization (Amendment) Act-1972, is already exists in the country. Under this law, a variety of facilities have been made available for the World Bank. For example, World Bank does not need to pay tax to the countries for it's income and properties, no legal action can be taken against any staff if he or she carries any activities as per
the order of the world bank, no immigration laws can be applied for it's non-local staff.

WTO’s attempt to control agri issues condemned

By voice - Posted on 29 October 2005

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Staff Correspondent - Daily Star

Speakers at a study circle have condemned the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for its 'unjust and undemocratic' attempt to control agricultural issues.
Voice, a research and advocacy forum, organised the study circle titled 'WTO ministerial conference, agreement on agriculture and farmers' rights' at Haji Osman Ali School auditorium in Mymensingh on Thursday.
Chaired by KM Shamsul Alam, headmaster of the school, the study circle was attended by local civil society members, teachers, students, farmers, trade union leaders and representatives from professional bodies.

The speakers laid emphasis on opposing strongly the WTO-imposed unjust trade and role of multinational companies.

Call for citizens’ movement against WB immunity bill; Political, economic interests in peril, observe civil society groups

By voice - Posted on 15 May 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

A government move to grant legal immunity to the World Bank is detrimental to the political and economic interests of the country and the citizens believing in national sovereignty and uninterrupted economic growth should, therefore, put up serious resistance against the move.
   The observation was made by different civil society groups representing economists, lawyers, journalists, development activists, industrial workers, human rights activists and peasant groups on Saturday at a seminar that came to consensus that the International Financial Organisations (Amendment) Bill providing legal immunity to the World Bank be withdrawn immediately.

WB seeks immunity as its actions go against people: Speakers tell discussion

By voice - Posted on 15 May 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Staff Correspondent - Daily Star

The World Bank (WB) seeks blanket immunity in Bangladesh just to protect itself from any legal proceedings against its anti-people activities, speakers said at a discussion at the LGED Bhaban in the city yesterday.
The WB must not be treated as a UN organisation, as it is a banking institution, they said at the discussion organised by Alliance against World Bank Immunity in the wake of possible passage of The International Financial Organisations (Amendment) Act, 2004.
An amendment to The International Financial Organisations Order of 1972, likely to be passed in the parliament, will provide the Bank with "immunity from every form of legal process."
"The WB is eager for immunity as it is aware that its actions go against people's interests,' said Mohammad Zakaria of Action Aid Bangladesh.

Govt urged not to move WB legal immunity bill

By voice - Posted on 09 May 2005

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The Alliance against World Bank Immunity on Sunday brought out a procession from the Central Shaheed Minar, demanding of the government not to pass the International Financial Organisations Act that will grant blanket immunity to the multilateral lending agency.
Members of the alliance also held a rally near the High Court at the end of the procession.

Call for PRSP draft amendment

By voice - Posted on 11 February 2005

Friday, Feb 11, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction, draft of which has already been made, might further worsen the poverty situation by widening the existing gap between the poor and the rich, said leaders of some NGOs on Thursday.
They came up with a number of suggestions, including consultation up to division-level with the civil society, discussion in parliament and television debate especially with the opposition politicians, before finalising the draft policy.
Addressing a news conference at the National Press Club, they also demanded extension of the March 15 timeframe by May for its finalisation.