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Speakers for comprehensive policies to address e-waste management

Speakers at a discussion Tuesday demanded comprehensive policies addressing the increasing problem of electronic waste (e-waste) and its management. They said e-waste which is increasing at the rate of 20 per cent every year in Bangladesh contains highly toxic chemical components contaminating soil, groundwater and air, as well as affect the workers and the community…

BATB violating tobacco law in online advertisements

Speakers at a webinar urged the government to take immediate measures against tobacco advertisement shown in e-commerce website buyherenow.com.bd. They also called for banning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes of the tobacco companies. The webinar was organised by the research and rights-based organisation VOICE on Thursday. Also the event was held in-person at the Civic…

Online ad a violation of tobacco control act: Speakers

The Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage Act, 2013 does not allow tobacco companies in Bangladesh to telecast a direct advertisement that promotes or inspires tobacco consumption. But recently, e-commerce website buyherenow.com.bd showed a pop-up tobacco advertisement of Benson & Hedges (B&H) — a product of British American Tobacco (BAT). Research and rights-based organisation VOICE organised…

BATB’s online advertisement violates tobacco control law

“If we cannot stop the involvement of senior officials, we cannot make Bangladesh a tobacco-free nation even in a century” – Monjurul Ahsan The government should take immediate steps against tobacco advertisement on e-Commerce platform buyherenow.com.bd, said speakers at a webinar on Thursday. They also called for banning corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes by tobacco…

Speakers urge government to monitor hate speech

Speakers at a discussion programme Thursday urged the government to monitor hate speech in Bangladesh and bring the perpetrators under justice. They said hate speeches are flooding through the social media against women and religious minority in a secular country like Bangladesh. The speakers also expressed their concern over the repression of freedom of speech…

Anti-tobacco organisation protests allowing Asia Tobacco to invest in EPZs

An anti-tobacco campaign and rights organisation Thursday protested the government’s move to allow Asia Tobacco (Pvt) to invest in an export processing zone. Asian Tobacco (Pvt) Ltd signed an agreement with Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) to establish a modern cigarettes and tobacco processing plant in Ishwardi Export Processing Zone with an investment of…

Rights group accuses BATB of death marketing

Voices for Interactive Choice & Empowerment, a rights organisation working on the development issues, accused British American Tobacco Bangladesh of death marketing through sponsoring events like Battle of Minds. The Grand Finale of Battle of Minds 2020, a recruitment initiative, was held on December 15 in Dhaka with the sponsorship of British American Tobacco Bangladesh….

‘Battle of Minds’ violates Tobacco Control Act, VOICE alleges

The tobacco company that sponsored the event, is using policymakers while committing this crime   Voices for Interactive Choice & Empowerment (VOICE), a human rights organisation, has alleged that British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) is conducting a death marketing campaign, leading youths into a smoke-trap by sponsoring events like Battle of Minds. The grand finale of…