Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan-SUPRO organized a Human Chain today, October 12, 2011, at Shahbag, Dhaka at 10 am to protest against the unjust policy and activity of World Bank, IMF and other IFIs as a part of celebrating Global Week of Action against Poverty 2011. In the Human Chain the speakers demanded for MDG announced promises of developed world, unconditional development aid, cancellation of foreign aid, confirming fair participation in business and development and stopping unjust influence of World Bank, IMF in development policy.
SUPRO exclaimed to Government during observing International Right to Know Day 2011
Speakers stated their opinion at the human chain access to information, right to know, freedom of press and freedom of speech are the hallmark of an undiluted democracy. Media’s freedom, democracy and good governance are as inseparable as the human rights. The right to information is the key to all other rights.
As a Bangladeshi citizen and also our society, continually we face various problems like lack of governance, lack of transparency, corruption; violation of human rights, democracy and its practices. Economically 40% people cannot get minimum calories, education facilities, health and nutrition supports and ultimately they are in the group of hardcore poor. The main causes of our development are barrier of access to information and freedom of express.
Formulate Pro-poor and Decentralized Budget incorporating demands of under-privileged communities of the society
A national budget is a crucial legal and policy document that outlines government’s economic policies, revenue and expenditure motivations and expectations. For a 12-month period, the national budget entails the plan for the functioning of the economy. It follows that the national budget is of interest to everyone who resides in the country as it has implications for all. But in reality, it was found that demands and considerations of all sections of the society were not reflected in budget documents of Bangladesh.
A forum with representation of 22 development and rights organizations titled “Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha” (Budget Advocacy Alliance) organized a press conference on 22 May 2011 in Conference Hall, National Press Club, Dhaka and pointed out following demands. Most of the organizations in the alliance have been advocating to prioritize poor and marginalized people’s especially farmers, labourers, indigenous people, physically and mentally challenged, dalits and women’s demand in the national budget process. Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan SUPRO as a pioneer organization in budget campaign and advocacy engaging mass people, civil society members, different professional bodies, local government elected representatives, district and national policy makers, facilitating and actively participating as a member organization in Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha.