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SummaryA Right to Information Bill, providing for a Right to Information regime was first tabled in the People’s Majlis in 2007. The bill, however, failed to get the approval of the Majlis by one vote. A Right to Information regulation was enacted by a presidential decree in May 2008, which came into force in January 2009. In August 2008 a new constitution was ratified with a comprehensive bill of rights, which recognised freedom of information as a fundamental right. The same year the first ever multi-party election was held ushering in a new government, which submitted a Right to Information Bill, once again, to the parliament in November 2009. The bill was placed before the Social Affairs Committee for deliberation, where it remains now.The current RTI regulation, which is administere...Read more
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In the first study of its kind, three SARTIAN members from three different cities in three different countries were commissioned in 2012 to study the legal obligations of city governments to proactively disclose information and then assess the performance of local bodies against these obligations. The first of these studies was carried out by Research Initiatives, Bangladesh and was launched on 13 May 2013 in Dhaka....Read more
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