UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all governments to do everything in their power to support a free, independent and diverse media.
South Asian Govts must ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines: AI
Dhaka, Apr 13 : Governments in South Asia must ensure that vulnerable groups are not excluded from access to COVID-19 vaccines, said Amnesty International.
One-party rule govt’s survival strategy: Fakhrul
Dhaka, Dec 18 – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said one-party rule is now the only way for the survival of the current government since it has lost people’s confidence.
Digital Security Act govt’s weapon to cling to power: BNP
Dhaka, Aug 14 – Accusing the government of using the Digital Security Act as a weapon to hang onto power, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday demanded the withdrawal of all the cases filed under the law.
African govts failing survivors of child sexual exploitation
By Tsitsi Matekaire LONDON, Jun 26 2020 (IPS) – In Malawi, Mary was only 14 years old when she was recruited and trafficked to the city of Blantyre and sold for sex in a bar. A man had arrived in…
Can graft risks be mitigated not hindering Covid-19 response
Ed Olowo-Okere As governments respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the need for speed can lead to short-circuiting the normal procedures designed to control corruption risks. The circumstances of the pandemic can make traditional oversight even more challenging. Moreover, the…
Govts cautioned not to use Covid-19 lockdown to cause harm
By Samira Sadeque UN, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on governments and leaders around the world to ensure that their respective lockdown measurements don’t end up causing harm to people…
Govts launch 294 reforms to make doing business easier: WB
Regulation exists to protect workers, public safety, businesses, and investments. But inefficient or inadequate regulation can stifle entrepreneurial activity and business growth and impact the ease of doing business. It takes over 200 hours to complete export border requirements for…
‘Govts, Internet cos fail to meet challenges of online hate’
The UN’s monitor for freedom of expression has called on governments and companies to move away from “standardless policies and inconsistent enforcement” and to align their laws and practices against ‘hate speech’ with international human rights law.
Govts adopt new IPCC report on climate change and land
Geneva, 13 August (Indrajit Bose) – Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the ‘Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas…
Govt’s negligence behind dengue outbreak, says Fakhrul
Thakurgaon, July 28 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said dengue has turned into a serious problem due to the negligence of the government and city corporations in eradicating mosquitoes.