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CRCP-Transparency e-alerts April 2014

 

April 2014

ISSUE 29

VOLUME 3

 The present news alert provides a quick access to the news, studies, frequently asked   questions and reports on the state of Right to Information (RTI) in Pakistan  with a view to improve Governance by  promoting transparency and accountability in various government structures and departments.  This will also assist to keep the CSOs, concerned citizens and government departments updated with the latest initiatives and developments in the areas of RTI in Pakistan.

It is circulated monthly, containing contributions from a range of RTI topics to draw the reader's attention to the issues and developments on RTI.

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RTI Help Desk

If you need any guidance or technical assistance to file an information requests to seek access to any public records or information held by a government department or public authority, please contact at

CRCP
P.O. Box 1379, Islamabad
UAN: 0092 51 111 739 739 or email to
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The news and views expressed are purely of the writers and reporters

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CRCP does not hold any responsibility for the correctness of the news. It also does not necessarily subscribe to the views and opinions expressed, therein.

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is an independent research and advocacy organization working for citizen / consumer rights in Pakistan.

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Privacy Policy

CRCP follows a strict policy on privacy and will never share the names or e-mail addresses of its subscribers with any other organization or individual. We would welcome your input, and any information you want to share with us about RTI etc.

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Quote

“When information which properly belongs to the public is systematically withheld by those in power, the people soon become ignorant of their own affairs, distrustful of those who manage them, and - eventually - incapable of determining their own destinies.” Pres. Richard Nixon, 1972

 

 National News on RTI, Transparency and Accountability

 

1.  Punjab Transparency Right to Information (RTI) Act yet to be fully implemented

According to clause 7 of the Punjab Transparency and RTI Act 2013, all public bodies should have designated and notified public information officers (PIO) within 60 days of the passing of the act. The government has yet to notify PIOs for public bodies.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/699078/transparency-and-access-right-to-information-act-yet-to-be-fully-implemented/

2.  Cabinet deferred federal RTI Bill 2014

The cabinet deferred the federal Right to Information Bill, 2014 and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the ministry concerned to undertake further consultations with the opposition and other stakeholders.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-29810-Import-of-LNG-from-Qatar-power-from-Iran-approved

3.  Training held for public information officers (PIOs)

While addressing a training workshop for PIO, Chief Information Commissioner of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) said that a new era of disclosure of information to the public has been initiated under KP RTI law.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/696026/rti-law-training-held-for-public-information-off-icers/

4.  An unused right

Various international and domestic factors have led to the adoption of RTI laws across the world over the last 25 years. More than 90 countries now have laws on access to information, up from 13 in 1990.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1099578/an-unused-right#comments

 

Regional and International News on RTI

 

1.  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.

http://www.freedominfo.org/2014/04/study-finds-implementation-bangladesh-rti-law-slow/

2. Nepal’s Government committed to protect public right to information

Minister for Information and Communications said that the government would not shy away from its responsibility of protecting and promoting the RTI.

http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/04/13/headlines/Govt-committed-to-protect-public-right-to-information/388214/

3.  South Africa’s Ombudsman listed on Time’s top 100

Time magazine named South Africa’s Ombudsman Thuli Madonsela as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1102122/south-africas-ombudsman-listed-on-times-top-100

 

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