‘Let Democracy Work’

A Civic Bangladesh Campaign led by Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance


This campaign of Civic Bangladesh is a response to Global Youth Democracy Campaign led by the World Youth Movement Democracy (WYMD) which is a youth wing of World Movement for Democracy (WMD). The Global Youth Democracy Campaign was launched in 2005. The WYMD participants have since been working around the world to promote and deepen democracy as well as inspiring the people in general. The campaign mobilizes youths to participate in non-violent actions to promote democratic values and concepts, educates them about the importance of human rights, press freedom, active citizenship and raises awareness of the positive contributions youth are making to democracy in the world. In this global context of democratic movement, Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance, a youth wing of Civic Bangladesh, calls upon the young democracy activists to take part in celebrating the World Youth Day for Democracy in Bangladesh as part of the Global Youth Democracy Campaign.

World Youth Democracy Day 2008

  • Practice democracy at home.
  • Promote democratic culture in political parties.
  • Boycott corrupt politicians.
  • Encourage politics of people dedicated to development and progress.

Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance, a youth wing of Civic Bangladesh, organized a discussion meeting on 18 October 2008 at Civic Bangladesh to observe the World Youth Democracy Day. Students of different colleges and universities took part in the discussion.

Mr Bayezid Dawla, Executive Director, Civic Bangladesh, inaugurated the discussion while Mr Abdul Hai, Convener of Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance presided over the meeting.

In the meeting the discussants said, we need change now. We need the practice of democracy in every part of our society. The political parties should practice democracy. To institutionalize democracy in our country the political parties should play the vital role, and we all should support them.

The students also said that people should boycott the corrupt political leaders, terrors and the black money holders in the election. The political parties should boycott these miscreants on the one hand and encourage the involvement of meritorious and dedicated people in politics on the other.

The meeting called upon the civil society members particularly the media and the NGOs to help institutionalize democracy in Bangladesh.

Ms Israt Zahan Anu, Student, Dhaka University

I think democracy means all are equal in rights. So, we should practice it. We should practice it in our family life, and then in organizations, in institutes and in societies. The policymakers of our country must be aware of democracy. They should practice and respect democracy. If we all are aware of this, I think we can build a democratic Bangladesh. To make this happen, the youth should work together.

Baki Billah, Student, Jahangirnagar University

To develop the democracy of our country the politicians should play the vital role. They should know what democracy is. A big number of our politicians are corrupt. Most of them do not practice democracy. They use muscle power to control politics and use politics to earn black money. These types of politicians get nominations and become members of parliament and ministers. So, the real politicians get no chance, and this created the situation of 1/11 (January 11, 2007) that replaced democracy with emergency. The political parties should understand it and take the proper steps to develop democracy.

Saiful Islam, Student, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

The political parties should practice democracy. They should form all committees in democratic ways. To do so, the politicians should change their mindsets. They must respect the verdict of the people.

Rakibul Islam, Student, ASA University

The politicians use the youth groups in violence. Most political parties use the student and youth wings in enforcing the hartals (strikes), blockades and so on. But they hardly think they can play a vital role in developing the society and can make huge contribution to developing positive politics. The politicians should realize it.

Imdadul Haq, Student, Prime University

There are enough positive roles of youth in our history. The students and youth led our language movement 1952, fought the independence war in 1971 and overthrew the autocratic regime in 1990. During those movements, the political leaders guided them to play the roles. But now most youth and student leaders are known as `cadre’. People do not like them at all. To change this negative notion about them, the politicians should change their minds at first.

Abu Younus, Student, Dhaka University

At first, people should avoid the negative politics. Youth groups, media and development workers – all of us should think of practicing positive politics. If we can do this then political culture must change.

Badal Sarker, Student, Prime University

Our main problem is corruption. A corrupt nation cannot gain the real fruit of democracy. So, at first we need to build a corruption-free society. We all should stand against this evil.

Abdullah Abu Kayes, Student, Prime University

To develop democracy the media should play a positive role. But our media cannot do that well due to their ideological differences. As a result of this, the media provide different treatments of a single event. Most of the time, they publish reports, especially the political ones with ideological bias. This is harmful for our democracy.

Zia Kabir, Student, Dhaka University

Democracy is a matter of practice. Every individual should realize it. They should understand the positive and negative sides of democracy but we should be aware of the public rights and interests. If we can avoid negative politics we can develop an effective democratic nation.

Russell, Student, Titumir College

We should change our political culture. The politicians should practice democracy and do politics for the people and the country. If they do so it will be a great achievement for us. The youth should step forward to set an example and change the trend.


World Youth Democracy Day 2007 Observed

‘Decision-makers should also listen to youth.’

Civic Youth Network for Democracy (CYND) which was renamed as Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance of Civic Bangladesh organized an open discussion on 18 October, 2007 to observe the World Youth Day for Democracy. College and university students took part in the discussion held in the office of the organization in Dhaka.

In the meeting the participants exchanged views on the democratic environment in Bangladesh, and discussed how youth right and participation could help develop democracy. They said to build a genuine democracy Bangladesh needs mass awareness, equal dignity and press freedom. To make democracy effective media, civil society, NGOs and the government should work together, they added.

Taking part in the discussion, Mr Md. Abdul Hai, a student of Atish Dipangker University, said the youth should know their rights including democratic right. The youth comprise a large section of the population, so the government should involve them in the decision-making process, he argued.

Ms Krisna Rani Singha, a student of Eden University College, said poverty, illiteracy, and the lack of awareness are the main barriers to democratic practices in Bangladesh. “We must overcome these to establish democracy in our country,” said she.

The youth need a common platform to express their opinions about any policy decisions of the government. The Ministry of Youth should create this platform for the youth, said Rakibul Hasan, a student of ASA University. He also said the Ministry of Youth should publish bulletins or magazines to inform the youth of their rights.

Subrata Saha of Titumir College said the religious leaders can play important and effective roles in building mass awareness of democracy.

The meeting recommended the following measures to develop the democracy in Bangladesh:

  • The political parties should practice democracy.
  • The political parties must avoid corruption and corrupt political leaders.
  • Meritorious students should come forward and lead student politics, and the political parties and the guardians should encourage them to do so.
  • Civil society leaders and activists including the media and the religious leaders should work together to develop democratic awareness at the root level of the country.
  • Youth participation in eliminating illiteracy and poverty should be encouraged and promoted to make democracy effective in Bangladesh.

To steer the Civic Youth Movement for Democracy (CYMD) on behalf of Civic Bangladesh the participants formed a 11-member committee as follows:

Mr Md. Abdul Hai Convener

Ms Krishna Rani Singha Joint Convener

Mr Shariful Islam Member Secretary

Mr Aminul Islam Member

Mr Shariful Islam Member

Mr Subrata Saha Member

Mr Faisal Ahmed Member

Mr Ashraful Islam Member

Mr Rakibul Islam Member

Mr Srijan K Mojumder Member

Mr Anisur Rahman Member


World Youth Day for Democracy 2006

To celebrate the World Youth Day for Democracy on 18 October 2006 in Bangladesh, Civic Bangladesh coordinated a number of events at the national and grassroots levels, and led an initiative to form the Civic Youth Network for Democracy (renamed as Youth Right (YOUR) Alliance), a network of organizations, students, and professionals interested in promoting democracy in Bangladesh. Their activities aimed to raise awareness of democracy issues and the role of youth as citizens, as well as to decentralize the spirit of democratic movement from the city to remote rural people, who are often unconnected from and deprived of civic opportunities, information and knowledge.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 October 2009 13:24 )