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Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) was established in 2002 with financial support from the Royal Dutch Government under its MMRP program. Its main objective is to support research aimed at identifying strategies and programs that could ensure sustainable, progressive alleviation of poverty in Bangladesh. Despite the efforts of successive Governments and many Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working over the years on poverty mitigation in the country, there are still serious and unresolved issues concerning the self-sustaining potential of these efforts. Lack of peoples’ participation in problem identification and program design, imposition of donor goals and priorities, predetermined resource modalities, lack of local resource mobilization and ownership, and continuing donor funds and expertise dependency often lead to the withering away of these projects soon after the departure of external partners or their resources.

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  • Bangladesh: UPR Submission urges action on free expression commitments.

    RIB  & ARTICLE 19

    06 Oct 2017

    ARTICLE 19 and Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) are calling on UN Member States to make recommendations to the Bangladeshi Government to protect journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders, reform legal restrictions on freedom of expression and protect the right to free expression of religious groups and minorities during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In a Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s UPR mechanism, we find that despite Bangladesh accepting many recommendations related to the exercise of free expression, and associated rights, at its second UPR in May 2013, minimal progress has been made on their implementation and in some areas there has been backsliding on protection of this right.

     


    In the submission, ARTICLE 19 and RIB highlight a worrying increase in the rate of attacks on journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders in the country, and impunity for these. In the period under review, and up to June 2017, ARTICLE 19 recorded 1,159 violations against journalists, bloggers, and human rights defenders, including 20 murders, 10 cases of abduction, 167 cases of serious bodily injury, 253 cases of minor assault, 113 verified threats, 2 attempted killing, 126 cases of destruction of equipment, and 52 gender-based attacks. Harassment through unwarranted application of the law also accounted for a large proportion of attacks, with 120 criminal defamation cases, 89 other vexatious litigations, 115 cases under section 57 of the ICT Act 2006, and 92 cases of arrest and remand in police custody.

    The levels of impunity for killings of journalists, bloggers and HRDs have improved somewhat compared to the previous period under review, however the slow rate of investigations into attacks and punishment for perpetrators remains worrying. We urge UN Member States to call on the government of Bangladesh to ensure attacks on journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders are investigated fully, and to implement recommendations to ensure a safe and enabling environment for them to carry out their work, in line with international standards.

    Bangladesh also accepted a number of recommendations during its previous review to reform laws which are not in line with international human rights law on freedom of expression, however many of these laws remain in place and new legislative proposals which threaten free expression have been put forward. Provisions of the Penal Code which criminalise defamation and religious insult, as well as restrictions on freedom of expression online through the Information Communications Technology Act and the draft Digital Security Act, impose impermissibly broad limits on free expression online and offline and must be repealed or reformed.

    "We hope that the third cycle of the UPR will prove a catalyst for action, and that the government will, over the next few months, make serious efforts to fulfill its commitments and roll back new restrictions imposed during this cycle of review", said Tahmina Rahman, Director of ARITICLE 19 Bangladesh & South Asia.

    Bangladesh’s third UPR will take place in Geneva in May 2018.

  • Agreement signed with German Embassy

    May-22, 2017

    RIB signs MoU with the German Embassy for building a training Centre for   Santal indigenous community in Beerol Upazila of Dinajpur. The training center is to be managed by the Gononchinta group , which means Participatory Action Research in the Santal language) formed in that area by RIB during Community Legal Services Project. The new political attache of the German Embassy, Executive Director Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta and Assistant Director, Finance Nasima Parvin of RIB was present during the signing.

  • Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)’s work in Kutopulong and Nayapara Camps for Rohingya Refugees

    Early Childhood Learning Centers begin in Rohingya CampsRIB is conducting a program of participatory action research and early childhood learning centers within existing systems operating in the Rohingya refugee camps, as the implementing partner of UNHCR. Several models and methods developed over the years at RIB in other parts of Bangladesh will be used in the camps.

  • কক্সবাজারে রিইব -এর কার্যক্রম

    রিসার্চ ইনিশিয়েটিভস, বাংলাদেশ (রিইব) একটি অলাভজনক  বেসরকারি প্রতিষ্ঠান যা ২০০৩ সালে দারিদ্র বিমোচন গবেষণা কর্মকাণ্ডকে সহযোগিতা করার লক্ষ্যে কাজ শুরু করে। রিইব-এর মূল লক্ষ্য হচ্ছে প্রান্তিক জনগোষ্ঠীর প্রতি বিশেষ গুরুত্ব আরোপ করে দারিদ্র বিমোচনের জন্য প্রয়োজনীয়, সঙ্গতিপূর্ণ, উদ্ভাবনমূলক ও প্রায়োগিক জ্ঞানের প্রসার ঘটানো।

    গত আগস্ট ২০১১ থেকে রিইব UNHCR-এর বাস্তবায়নকারী সংস্থা হিসেবে নয়াপারা ও কুতুপালং মায়ানমার থেকে আগত রিফিউজিদের যা ক্যাম্পের চলমান কার্যক্রম পদ্ধতির মধ্যে মূলতঃ গণগবেষণা বা  Participatory Action Research এবং প্রাক-স্কুল কার্যক্রম সেন্টার পরিচালিত করছে। এই ক্যাম্পসমূহে রিইব বিভিন্ন প্রকার মডেল এবং পদ্ধতি ব্যবহার করছে যা বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন জায়গায় রিইব ইতিমধ্যে ব্যাবহার করেছে।

  • চারুকলায় তথ্য অধিকার আইন বিষয়ে দিনভর কর্মশালা

    বাংলাদেশে তথ্য অধিকার আইনের প্রচার এবং জন সচেতনতা সৃষ্টির লক্ষ্যে আগামী ১০ মে ২০১১ তারিখে ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের চারুকলা ইনিষ্টিটিউটে দিনভর এক কর্মশালার আয়োজন করেছে রিসার্চ ইনিশিয়েটিভস, বাংলাদেশ। এতে চারুকলার শিক্ষক, শিক্ষার্থীরা অংশগ্রহণ করবেন। কর্মশালায় মুখ্য আলোচক হিসেবে উপস্থিত থাকবেন রিইব-এর চেয়ারম্যান ড. শামসুল বারি এবং তাকে সহযোগিতা করবেন রিইব-এর আরটিআই বাস্তবায়নকারী প্রকল্পের সদস্যবৃন্দ। দিনভর কর্মশালায় অংশ নেয়া শিক্ষার্থীরা পরবর্তীতে তথ্য অধিকার আইন প্রয়োগে জন সচেতনতা বৃদ্ধিমূলক বিভিন্ন বিষয়ের উপর পোষ্টার তৈরি করবেন। নির্বাচিত প্রথম তিনজনকে সম্মানীত করা হবে এবং সেগুলো পোষ্টার আকারে ছাপানো হবে। রিইব-এর এই আয়োজনে সহায়তা করছেন সিএইচআরআই, ইন্ডিয়া।

Capacity-building of young researchers and animators in participatory action research has been one of RIB’s central activities. RIB offers regular introductory, on-the-site workshops on Participatory Action Research (PAR) for students and community workers. It also has provisions for conducting three months experimental PAR projects with marginalized communities for those who wish to practice PAR. Once some experience is gained as animator, then long term involvement in PAR activities through research programs may be feasible.

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