On June 27, 2019, Citizen Right’s groups demanded to reform the tax structure along with increased tobacco tax to reduce harmful consumption of tobacco and to increase tax for promoting health and wellbeing for citizens. SUPRO a right based organization along with eight anti-tobacco organizations organized a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity today. The conference Chaired by the Chairperson of SUPRO Abdul Awal and attended by the former Chairman of NBR Dr. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Renowned Journalist Dawlot Akhter Mala, Ataur Rahman Masud, Program Officer-CTFK, Monju Rani Pramanik, the Treasurer of SUPRO and others.
All anti-tobacco alliance created a Human Chain against ‘Devi’ Movie broadcasting for breaching tobacco control law in front of National Press club on December 11, 2018. About 18 anti-tobacco alliance with 100 activists participated in the program. The organizations includes Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO), National heart foundation, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, ACD, YPSA, Bureau of Economic Research, WBB Trust, BATA, NATAB, PROTTASHA,TCRC, TABINAZ, BATA, Gram Bangla Unnayan Committee, BCCP, AID Foundation, PROGGA and others are participated at the Chain. The participant spokesmen from different organizations exclaimed with criticism for broadcasting smoking scenes in government funded ‘DEBI’ movie for breaching the tobacco control law 2005.They demanded to stop the broadcasting of the movie immediately. They also invited actors of the movies, theatre, and drama to abstain from those types of movie which promotes smoking.
After the human chain the representatives of alliance group submitted the memorandum to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Information ministry.
Civil society organizations in Bangladesh observed Global Day of Action on SDGs marking the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations on 25 September in 2015. CSOs raised demands to the Government conducting `Stand Up for SDGs Programme'. on 25 September 2018 in front of Bangladesh National Parliament bhaban in Dhaka. The programme was organized by the national and local NGOs including SUPRO, VOICE, NRDS, SETU, Shodesh, SDS, YPSA through networking and partnership with CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Together 2030, Reality of Aid, Asian Development Alliance (ADA), NGO Forum on ADB and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).
The civil society organizers and the activists including women rights activists stood in the avenue displaying banners and festoons raising the demands to realize the commitments given by the government to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). They demanded to ensure human rights for all, reduce the inequality between and amount rich and poor, men and female, urban and rural, ensure social rights and inclusive governance, ensure environmental sustainability, and ensure peoples’ right to education and health for all leaving no one behind to achieve SDGs. They also urged to the government to formulate an all inclusive National Committee including CSOs, private sectors, disadvantaged communities including youth and women.