About the implementation of the Right to Information Act
September 13, 2009, 9:35 pm
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september 2009
Bangladesh: ARTICLE 19 Launched
Right to Information

‘ARTICLE 19’ has launched a handbook on the 2009 Right to Information Act on
the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2009. Presented in question
and answer form, Proshnottore Thathya Adhikar Ain (Frequently Asked
Questions and Answers on the Right to Information Act) is an easy to read
commentary on the recently adopted Right to Information Act.
Adapted from ARTICLE 19’s legal analysis of the right to information, the Handbook
has been crafted to take Bangladeshi readers through the various international
standards for right to information legislation and to examine the extent to which they
are reflected in the new law.
Inaugurating the launch at the National Press Club, the State Minister for Law, Justice
and Parliamentary Affairs, from the Government of the People’s Republic of
Bangladesh, Qamrul Islam, commented that:
“The right to information is everybody’s right but a lot of people do not even know
that there is such a law. The Handbook is a well written and clearly presented
publication which will provide the general people a better understanding on their
right to information”.
Qamrul Islam added that: “the free flow of information is an important pillar of the
Government’s programme on ‘Digitalising Bangladesh” and the Handbook will make
a valuable contribution toward that goal”.
Other special guests included member of parliament Akram Hossain, head of news,
ATN Bangla, Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, and professor of law Asif Nazrul,.
Reviewing the Handbook Professor Nazrul noted that: “campaigners, activists,
development practitioners, students, teachers, journalists, researchers and general
public will find the Handbook a well researched and an easily accessible text that will
guide them to seek, receive and impart information using the Right to Information
• For more information please contact Tahmina Rahman, Director ARTICLE 19
Bangladesh at or +0171-303-9669.
• ARTICLE 19 is an independent human rights organisation that works around the
world to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression. It takes its name
ARTICLE 19, 6-8 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UQ
Tel: (+44) 20 7278 9292 / Fax: (+44) 20 7278 7660
Web: / Email:
from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of speech.

See ‘links’ for the right to information act.