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TIB: Anti-corruption drives encourage mass people

  • Published at 11:30 pm December 8th, 2019
Anti-Corruption Day
Photo shows people standing at a human chain on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, held at Manik Mia Avenue on Sunday, December 8, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The government's zero tolerance policy, and political commitment against corruption have made people want to see its real output, TIB chairman said

Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB) Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman has said the ongoing anti-corruption drive encouraged mass people.

He made the remark in a human chain on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, held at Manik Mia Avenue on Sunday.

He said: "This is the first time we have seen a drive against corruption in Bangladesh where the prime minister said her government will not exempt anyone. 

"The government's zero tolerance policy, and political commitment against corruption have made people want to see its real output."

Photo shows a TIB official holding a plackard against corruption at the human chain on Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Iftekharuzzaman said: "On the upcoming International Anti-Corruption Day, the government needs to create a conducive environment for people to work against corruption."

He added that it is the government's responsibility to create a situation where people's right to freedom of speech, will not be diminished. 

Adding that, the TIB chairman said the government needs to reform laws so that media and other agencies should enjoy freedom of speech, and other constitutional rights. 

In the event, TIB put forward 10 demands, which include cancelling the Digital Security Act, Foreign Donation Regulation Act, abolishing controversial clauses of the Government Jobs Act 2018, ensuring the environment for implantation the Information Act, limiting the direct and indirect governmental and political influences on ACC, and some more.

TIB officials, members as well as TIB volunteer organization YES, took part in the event.