International RTI News


July 2014


Lower Afghan House approved Access to Information Bill

The lower house of the Afghanistan parliament approved an access to information bill. Advocates say the body took into account some important recommendations from Afghan civil society organizations that have waged a three-year campaign for a law, but that the legislation still needs improvement.

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June 2014


Bangladesh Law Scored at Fifth Birthday Conference

Passage of a right to information law five years ago hasn’t been followed by a culture change within government or among citizens. “We are trapped in a culture of fear,” said Tahmina Rahman, director for Bangladesh and South Asia of London-based Article 19.

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Indian CIC Extends RTI to Cover Private Schools

India’s Central Information Commission has ruled that the Right to Information Act applies to private schools. The CIC decided that RTI coverage is justified when private schools are governed by laws such as the Delhi Education Act that regulate the schools, including their salaries.

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May 2014

Internews Proposes Forum on FOE/RTI for Southeast Asia

Internews Europe has recommended the creation of a regional forum and network for Southeast Asian organizations working across the range of freedom of expression (FOE) and right to information issues. Funding for activists to work on these issues has diminished, according to the report.

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April 2014


Study finds implementation of Bangladesh RTI law slow

The implementation of Bangladesh’s 2009 RTI law is “still very slow,” according to a comprehensive “Country Diagnostic Analysis” that contains recommendations for improvement.

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March 2014


India: RTI loses bite as pending appeals choke system

According to Hindustan Times India’s transparency Act is slowly becoming ineffective due to pending appeals, non-action on erring information officers and attacks on RTI activists.

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March 2014


India: RTI loses bite as pending appeals choke system

According to Hindustan Times India’s transparency Act is slowly becoming ineffective due to pending appeals, non-action on erring information officers and attacks on RTI activists.

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World Bank Creating Tool to Gauge FOI Implementation

The World Bank is developing and testing a set of indicators to evaluate the implementation of right to know laws. Expected out in June, the 120-item evaluative tool will cover topics such as enforcement and management. The Bank is testing the tool using information gathered about four countries i.e. United States, Jordan, Thailand and South Africa.

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February 2014


Indian Parliament passes bill to protect whistleblowers

A bill to provide for setting up a regular mechanism to encourage persons to disclose information on corruption or willful misuse of power by public servants, including ministers, was passed by Parliament.

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Exercising right to information in Bangladesh

Even after a little more than four years since the eagerly awaited RTI Act came into being, its implementation has remained sluggish.

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