Ruhi Naz

November 15, 2021
November 15, 2021

Success of the RTI Act relies on an effective Information Commission

The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2009 is made of interlocking parts.

October 15, 2021
October 15, 2021

Active citizenship is also key to the success of RTI

Last month marked the International Right to Know Day. From the few seminars and webinars arranged on the occasion, it was evident that even 12 years after the Right to Information (RTI) Act was...

September 15, 2021
September 15, 2021

More citizens are exercising their right to information. We must keep it up.

he International Right to Know Day will be commemorated on September 28. By adopting Right to Information (RTI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, governments recognise their citizens’ power to...

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

How RTI regimes are faring in South Asia

The Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered for the colossal chaos it caused to governments as they grappled—and continue to do—with its catastrophic onslaught affecting lives and livelihoods across...

July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021

Only ‘We, the People’ can unleash the full potential of RTI law

Bangladesh has long been known for the political activism of its citizens, ready to fight for their rights and defend their freedom.

June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021

Finding a balance between official secrecy and citizens’ right to information

“We see all governments as obscure and invisible,” said Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher and statesman, in 1605.

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Revisiting the role of RTI for sustainable development

We must not forget that we cannot bring good fortune for the people if our characters do not change! By rising above nepotism, corruption and self-deception, all of us have to be engaged in self...

March 15, 2021
March 15, 2021

RTI: All three branches of government fall within its ambit

The deleterious impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the operations of the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been much discussed in the last one year. We drew attention to it in several of our columns.

February 15, 2021
February 15, 2021

The widening range of RTI use in Bangladesh

Jamaluddin of Dinajpur had learnt at a training session that the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009 of Bangladesh was enacted to provide a legal basis for citizens to exercise their rights as ...

January 15, 2021
January 15, 2021

How citizen engagement with RTI law is transforming lives

During the construction work of a regional highway in Dinajpur, local inhabitants were increasingly bothered by the dust it generated.