Shamsul Bari | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari

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

  • 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
  • RTI: How do we compare with the rest of the world?

    With some 130 countries around the world having adopted Right to Information (RTI) laws, we now know a great deal about how citizens use this law in a variety of social, political and economic contexts—in as rich a variety of ways as there are cultures and peoples on this planet.
  • Is RTI Act becoming popular in Bangladesh?

    You are really doing a great job,” said the Designated Officer (DO) of the District Social Welfare Office of Dinajpur. He was talking to a member of the public who had gone to his office to submit a Right to Information (RTI) request.