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Capacity building workshop explores ways to strengthen freedom of expression online

By farjana - Posted on 23 January 2019

Capacity building workshop explores ways to strengthen freedom of expression online

How can ordinary citizens of Bangladesh safeguard their online freedom of expression in line with existing laws and regulations? What is the prevailing state of online gender based violence against women? Do prevailing legal frameworks of Bangladesh impede press freedom? These and many other practical concerns of today’s society were discussed at length on January 19, 2019 at Cumilla city of Bangladesh. The workshop was organized by VOICE with support from APC and SIDA. It was organized as part of VOICE’s ongoing research initiative which is taking an in-depth look into the aforementioned issues in view of strengthening free expression online.

Participants expressed their concern that increasing control over digital and online content and services like Facebook, YouTube and Internet connectivity speed might undermine democratic principles. A growing confusion over the provisions of the newly introduced laws was also reflected in the discussion. Journalists pointed out that a fear of unknowingly breaking laws makes it difficult to carry out their duties. Speakers also discussed the roles and responsibilities of citizens in achieving the vision of a digital Bangladesh. There was a unanimous agreement that the number of unreported cases of online gender based violence against women far outweigh the reported ones.

National Convention on `Privacy Rights Protection

By farjana - Posted on 22 December 2014

Greetings from VOICE ( 

We are pleased to invite you to a National Convention on `Privacy Rights Protection' to be held from 9.30 am. to 2.00 pm. on 31 December 2014 at the VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka.  The programme will jointly be organized by VOICE and Privacy International in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan ( Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information. 

The Convention aims to broadly discuss the issues of privacy both of their practice and legal regime to raise critical awareness and perspective in order to uphold the rights to privacy. This will focus on sharing experiences drawing the interactions from the participants on privacy rights in Bangladesh. This will also discuss on how to build synergies and coherence among policies and look for influencing law and policy makers to formulate privacy policy and act to ensure and promote privacy rights. This will also present a draft on Privacy Protection in the Convention.. 

Observation of International Day to End Impunity

By farjana - Posted on 22 November 2013

Call to End Impunity

VOICE, Media Watch and International Press Institute (IPI) are jointly organizing a human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka calling to end Impunity and demanding to stop violations against journalists and to attain justice within the judicial system. Human chain will be held on 23rd November 2013 during the observance of International Day to End Impunity. Journalists, writers, human rights defenders and members of the civil society will attend the human chain.

ICT Act Amendment 2013 will affect right to privacy and freedom of expression

By farjana - Posted on 22 September 2013

[Dhaka, 22 September 2013] Speakers told that the ICT Act (amendment) 2013 sharply conflicts with Bangladesh Constitution’s Article 39 and 43 which guarantee freedom of expression and right to privacy respectively. Terming it as a ‘black law’, speakers urged the government not to enact as a law. A press conference titled ‘ICT Act (Amendment) 2013: Challenges for Right to Privacy and Freedom of Expression’ was held by VOICE in the city’s national press club today while it was jointly collaborated with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik forum, Campaign on Citizen’s Right to Information, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, Blog, Online Knowledge Society, Shushashoner Jonyo Procharabhijan (SUPRO) and School of Communication and Cultural Metaphysics. 

Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO, Boishaki Television, Khairuzzaman Kamal, Executive Director, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik Forum, Zakir Hossain, Executive Director of Nagorik Uddog and Convener of Campaign on Citizen Right to Information, Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana, Acting Managing Director, Blog and, Farjana Akhter, Programme Coordinator, Voice spoke at the press briefing while Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of Voice moderated the session.

International Campaign on Climate Refugees' Rights

International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR)

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

By farjana - Posted on 14 November 2011

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

VOICE ( undertakes a number of programmes during South Asia Social Forum (SASF) to be held on 18-22 November, Dhaka, Bangladesh. These events will jointly be organized with different national and international networks including Aid Accountability Group, Bank Information Centre, Eurodad, NGO Forum on ADB, Privacy International etc, among others. Being one of the organizers in SASF, VOICE is calling global civil society actors, youths, women, human rights activists, political groups, organizations and concerned multi-stakeholders to join us aiming at building greater solidarity for new economic and social order. The details of the programmes (draft) attached herewith

A consultation on World Bank`s Disclosure Policy

By farjana - Posted on 13 May 2009

VOICE is going to organize a Consultation meeting on ‘World Bank’s Information Disclosure Policy: People’s Voice and Propose Greater Transperency and Accountability’.

Date: 20 May 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: VIP lounge of Dhaka Reporters Unity, (8/4-A Topkhana Road, Segunbagicha)

The objectives of the consultation are to raise critical awareness among citizenry and also to prepare a set of recommendations for further improvement of the Disclosure policy to ensure greater transparency and accountability to its constituencies.
Noted that World Bank is going to revise its Disclosure policy and it has already posted an Approach Paper titled Toward Greater Transparency: Rethinking the World Bank’s Disclosure Policy in its external website.

Please contact us for more information! (email:, Mobile: 01711-881919)

Bank watchdog calls ADB response to financial crisis a sham

By farjana - Posted on 04 May 2009

Deep concerns about high risk offshore private equity portfolio

4 May 2009, Bali - The largest Asian NGO network monitoring the ADB today slammed the bank's response to the financial crisis, calling it "a dangerous plan to unleash massive infrastructure funding while reducing environmental and social oversight."

According to Red Constantino of the NGO Forum on the ADB, "the bank is proposing a blinkered, business-as-usual program that will not prevent developing countries from sliding back into poverty but instead is likely to cause environmental destruction and social dislocation."
The NGO Forum on the ADB also released a scathing report detailing the ADB's high-risk low-return foray into private equity funds and pointed to the potential large-scale misuse of the 200 percent capital increase the ADB recently secured.
"The ADB's handling of its private equity funds is scandalous and presents a material risk not only to the ADB but to project affected communities and the environment," said Stephanie Fried of Environmental Defense Fund.


By farjana - Posted on 05 March 2009

VOICE participated in the 2009 Amar Ekushey Book Fair held in Bangla Academy, Dhaka that ended on February 28th after month long book fair. In the book fair VOICE participated with a number of 50 items of its publications  including books, reports, newsletters, posters and other publications. It also keeps books and reports from national and international organizations whom VOICE has been closely working with. The participation of VOICE in the Book Fair helped disseminating information valued by VOICE, more specifically around the issues of globalization, trade, aid effectiveness, ICTs and information rights, climate change, IFIs, food and agriculture and of politics. Participating in the book fair, VOICE takes the opportunity for  building wider constituency and raising critical awareness among the stakeholders including teachers, students, politicians, researchers, citizen actors, NGOs, activists, researchers etc, around the issues. VOICE also displayed slogans e.g. Resist Corporate Globalization and Climate Justice Now! Along with posters`display describing the injustice and domination of IFIs and global capitalism. These were put to promote its role against unjust global hegemony.

Upcoming Event: 'IFIs and Development Effectiveness: Linking Financial Crisis to Food, Debt and Climate Change'

By farjana - Posted on 14 October 2008

Thursday 16 October 2008

VOICE is going to organize a discussion meeting on `IFIs are the Major Barriers to Development Effectiveness: Linking Financial Crisis to Food, Debt and Climate Change'.

The objective of the workshop is to critically examine the neo-liberal perspective-- the policies and projects of international financial
institutions (IFIs), and its relation with food, debt and climate crisis. Also the discussion will highlight how the corporate globalization, the IFIs and transnational corporations make the world economic order worsen and create recent global financial crisis which puts negative impact over national economy and affects people's life and livelihood.

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
: CIRDAP Conference Hall , Dhaka

This will involve a wide range of civil society including activists, researchers, academicians, journalists, women groups, farmer's associations,local and national NGOs and members of professional bodies. Eminent economists, experts and representatives of NGOs and CSOs among others will be present as key discussants.

Please contact us for more information! (email:, Mobile: 01712-990078)