The Right To Know … forever. Remembering the Rana Plaza disaster, 24 April 2013, killing at least 1134 garment factory workers.
April 23, 2017, 8:03 pm
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“Rana Plaza is a symbol of the inhumanity that belies the promise of progress and the untold possibilities of the garments industry. It brought to the fore the everyday outcries of workers, the reality of their status — or lack thereof — as citizens, and the apathy of the owning class, state apparatuses and international buyers. The collapse was also a wakeup call. But were we really ready to respond to this call? It appears instead that efforts are well underway to erase Rana Plaza killing from our minds and memories.” From:

It appears instead that efforts are well underway to erase Rana Plaza killing from our minds and memories ….

That we will never allow, for this reason our effort to give attention to the disaster 4 years back … today 24 April 2017. Starting with some links to essential information from the Daily Star archive, news clippings:

From these tags this one about the shameful attitude of the west, who stick on procedures and by doing so losing humanity:

Some tags and related stories rom The Guardian:

Florus Geraedts contribution on facebook:

“RANA PLAZA COLLAPSE 2013 — 24 april — 2017. 24 april 2017, we may remember sadly the Rana Plaza Bhaban Collapse 24 april 2013, causing death of almost 1200 garment workers and other women, men, girls and boys. As well as so many wounded and handicapped victims. Suggestion is to to make an exhibition of pictures and paper clippings about Rana Plaza drama, background and meaning for Bangladesh and abroad yesterday and today. National Archives and Library, Facebook pages of BarmS, Friends of Archives, Archives for Life and Bdesh Archives & Right To Information Community Kishoreganj and also BARM BLOG can make exhibitions / presentations for honouring the victims, encouraging their family members. And encouraging every one in and outside Bangladesh to give efforts to prevent these accidents, caused by irresponsible employers and authorities. And to give support to those victims of Rana Plaza Collapse who are still waiting for compensation for their damage and loss.”

Elias Kanchon, garment engineer, makes us aware of a programme Bangladesh Garments Labour Songhoty in Dhaka University “RC Majumder Auditorium” these days. And he refers to for Fair Wear Foundations country plan for Bangladesh. He will write a report about the programme.

A further archive, like news clippings, you find with keyword #RanaPlaza on Twitter. There’s a commemoration going on …

The untold stories, “Life nor Germ”. “The idea of this film came when I was confronted with many of the untold stories connected with the Rana Plaza tragedy. The whole world watched in horror as the concrete building known as “Rana Plaza” cracked, buckled and ultimately collapsed on top of the garment workers inside. Though as time passed the horror of the incident faded in the world’s consciousness . Meanwhile for us “Rana Plaza” wasn’t just a concrete building. We didn’t only watch the incident, we felt the tragedy.”  Shakor Ahmed & Valery Knill about “Life nor Germ”

The reality of their status — or lack thereof as workers, as citizens …



April 3, 2017, 10:06 pm
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A. Resolutions with comments

1. BARMS as a voluntary body has undertaken various measures to develop the archival world in Bangladesh during the last 8 years. However, in the future more stakeholders, including the government and private organizations, should be involved in achieving the goal. COMMENT: THINK OF LOCAL GROUPS AND HOSPITALS, COLLEGES, LOCAL GOVERNANCE, PRESSCLUBS

2. One of the key factors which has hampered the growth of archival development in the country is the absence of an up-to-date, comprehensive and effective archival law. It is for some years that the National Archives and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs have been working to frame a law but still without any concrete result. BARMS should approach the concerned authorities to see that the law is framed and enacted as soon as possible. In this regard it was further resolved that BARMS should approach the Seminar’s Chief Guest Dr. Gowher Rizvi to use his good office in enacting the Archival Law.

3. Although there is not an up-to-date archival law, there are however rules and regulations, and even the Archival Law of 2013 which clearly say that all public records and documents need to be regulary classified and which are found to be 25 years old, and which have been classified for permanent preservation, should be sent to the National Archives for permanent preservation. As has been found not even one percent of public records which are supposed to be permanently preserved have been sent to the National Archives for permanent preservation. The hon. Chief Guest, Dr. Gowher Rizvi, took note of that and showed his concern over the matter commenting that he would seek intervention into the matter from  the Prime Minister’s Office. It was thus resolved that a delegation of BARMS should visit the Prime Minister’s Office for intervention in the matter and here also the good office of the Chief Guest should be used.

4. It was resolved that the attention should be drawn to the proper record keeping and development of records management in the divisional and district record rooms. The government should be approached to create permanent records room staff with a complement of technical personnel. COMMENT: ALSO LOCAL GROUPS CAN VISIT DISTRICT COLLECTORATE RECORD ROOMS

5. It was resolved that a review should be made of the utilization of funds of taka 5 lakhs allocated each year since 2015 to each district record room for better record keeping and records management. In this connection a call of representatives upon the Cabinet Secretary should be immediately made appraising him about the state of public records management in the country and seeking his help for its development. It was further resolved that if necessary more funds should be sanctioned for district and divisional records offices.

6. Archival development in Bangladesh is also suffering from a lack of professional people. This is largely because of the absence of archival education and training in the country. The universities do not offer any diploma or degree program in the Archives and Archives Management. Nor there is any Institute of Archival Studies in Bangladesh. BARMS should endeavor to persuade the universities to offer degree or diploma in Archives Studies and work for the establishment of an Institute of Archival Studies in Bangladesh. In the meantime it was resolved that the National Archives should be persuaded to offer diploma in Archival studies as the National Archives of India does in Delhi.  COMMENT: ALSO ASK BANGLADESH PUBLIC ADMINSITRATION TRAINING CENTER (BPATC) IN SAVAR TO DEVELOP ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND COOPERATE WITH ASSAM STATE ARCHIVES AND WEST BENGAL STATE ARCHIVES

7. The Seminar also resolved that the government be persuaded to further expand and strengthen the National Archives of Bangladesh and make it a true leader and guardian of the Archival Development of Bangladesh. Its budget and staff should be increased and its digitization program be further developed. Staff should be given more training and their personal positions be upgraded and promotions etc. be carried out. More technical hands be recruited at the National Archives. COMMENT: LET NATIONAL ARCHIVES ORGANISE VISITS TO DISTRICT COLLECTRATE RECORD ROOMS AND PUBLISH ON ITS WEBSITE ABOUT INSPECTION OF DISTRICT RECORDS AND CITY CORPORATIONS ARCHIVES

8. It was further resolved that the old District Record Rooms and for that matter the old District Collectorate Offices be preserved as Heritage Buildings. The Ministry of Culture has already endorsed the matter in principle and instructed the Department of Archaeology to take up the matter. BARMS should be in touch with the MOCA & DOA to see that it is implemented. COMMENT: FLORUS HAS PICTURES OF SEVERAL DISTRICT RECORD ROOMS TAKEN SINCE 1995

9. Finally it was resolved that the newly executive members be requested to play a dynamic role in expanding the Society’s activities and strengthening its funding and manpower. COMMENT: LET EVERY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER GIVE AN EXAMPLE FOR LOCAL ARCHIVES AWARENESS WORK. SHARIFUDDIN FOR DINAJPUR, FAZLE MIR FOR HABIGANJ, LUTFUL HAQUE FOR RAJSHAHI

B. Further questions / comments

Can you give EXTRA attention to local work and local groups of Archives Awareness? Think of cooperation with Bondhushava, with Ttransparency International Bangladesh, with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), with local groups on History and Heritage, like Heritage Association of Rajshahi under Mahbub Siddiqi and Dr Ibne Golam Samad. With Heritage Archives Bangladesh History of prof. Mahbubur Rahman in Rajshahi Kazla Gate.

Give attention to the 11 and 26 february 2017 given ideas in Prothom Alo held meetings about FAB’s chairman Lutful Haque’s suggestions to develop and work on a program of each one’s archives interest for 2017. Family Archives, Preparation of 9 June / 28 september In’l Archives Day / Right To Know Day.