Participants in UNDEF-logotwo different interaction meetings held in Barisal and Cox’s Bazar put forward a number of recommendations to promote and defend democracy and human rights issues.

The participants — journalists and CSOs — jointly took part in open discussions, group works and presentations.  They all reached a consensus that journalists and CSOs are the best actors to defend democracy and human rights issues.

The participants in the Barisal Interaction Meeting were in group discussions to prepare their presentations. About 65 local journalists and CSOs representatives attended the meetings.

Participants of a Interaction Meeting in Barisal are in group discussion to prepare their presentations

The Barisal meeting was organised on 23 June, while that of Cox’s Bazar on 26 June 2016. Earlier both the groups received skill development training from News Network, supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund.

Photo of the Cox’s Bazar participants


Group photo of Barisal participants

The participants described their professional progress, which was very much appreciated as their ability improved to address the issues confidently. Sharing information between the groups is also found better than earlier.

The participants urged for arranging a follow-up training for them and expanding it to other parts of the country. – News Network