Concept Note: Regional RTI Experts Meeting in Dhaka

Posted on 31, October 2017

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The Social Architects (TSA), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Research Initiatives Bangladesh are holding a regional meeting in Dhaka, bringing together members and staff of Information Commissions from 4 countries in the region (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka), and from South and East Africa, along with lawyers, journalists and civil society members over two days. Discussants will reflect on the strategies adopted to operationalize information commissions, and activate their processes, and to share best practices, with a particular focus on the provision of new remedies to protect fundamental rights, and on ensuring accountability of both public and private authorities. The convening will be preceded by a day of more intensive interaction by a team form Sri Lanka with members of the Bangladesh Information Commission and civil society members who have been closely involved in supporting the Commission in its work

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Images: Regional RTI Experts Meeting in Dhaka

Posted on 30, October 2017

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Regional RTI Experts Meeting in Dhaka

Sri Lankan Participants: Ms. Kishali Pinto Jayawardana, Information Commissioner; Dr. Jayantha De Almeida Guneratne President’s Counsel; Ms. Sherine Xavier, Director, The Social Architects; Ms. Gowri Ananthan, Consultant, The Social Architects; Mr. Mathanavasan Paramanantham, Editor, Tamilmirror, Wijeya Newspapers Pvt ltd; Mr. FAIZER MOHAMED SHAHEID, Research Officer, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government; Ms. Atchara Muthu, Project Officer, The Social Architects;

Nepal Participants: Mr. KRISHNA HARI BASKOTA, Chief Information Commissioner, National Information Commission; Mr. Tara Nath Dahal, Chief Executive, Freedom Forum;

Kenya: Mr. NYABIRA BEN CHRISTOPHER, Programme Officer, Katiba Institute;

India: Mr. VENKATESH NAYAK, Consultant, CHRI; Mr. Prashanto Sen, Senior Advocate, Ms. Shikha Chhibbar, Consultant, CHRI;

South Africa: Ms. Chantal Kisoon, Chief Operations Officer, South African Human Rights Commission;

Bangladesh Participants: Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary, Shushanar Janniya Nagorik (Shujan); Mr. Biplab Karmakar, RTI Activist; Ms. Chitra Shikari, Assistant Director, Sr. Assistant Secretary, NGOAB; Prof. Dr. Md. Golam Rahman, Chief Information Commissioner; Mr. Hasibur Rahman, Executive Director, Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI); Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB); Prof. Dr. Khurshida Begum Sayeed, Information Commissioner, Bangladesh; Ms. Mahbuba Akhter, DD, Advocacy and Communication, BLAST; Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta, Executive Director, Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB); Mr. Mizanur Rahman Khan, Joint Editor, Daily Prothom Alo; Ms. Mariom Shely, Programme Organizer, Article 19; Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam, Full time member, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh; Mr. Nepal Chandra Sarker,Information Commissioner, Bangladesh; Mr. Rejaul Karim Siddiquee, Research Specialist, BLAST; Ms. Sara Hossain, Honorary Executive Director, BLAST; Ms. Shaheen Anam, Country Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF); Dr. Shamsul Bari Chairman- RIB & Member, Board of Trustees, BLAST; Ms. Sayema Afroz , Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, BELA; Ms. Tahmina Rahman, Regional Director, Bangladesh and South Asia, Article 19; Mr. Zakir Hossain Chief Executive, Nagorik Uddoyg;

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