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FOI/RTI in Constitutions

In this section you will find details about the constitutional status of RTI in South Asian countries. The Constitutions of Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan contain specific references to RTI as a fundamental right of their peoples. In countries like Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka the Courts have read RTI into other fundamental rights (the bold part should be hyperlinked to case laws) guaranteed by the respective Constitutions. So RTI is a deemed fundamental right in these countries. Please click on the name of the country to find out the constitutional status of RTI.

Article 27 of the Interim Constitution guarantees the right to information as follows: “Every citizen shall have the right to demand or obtain information on any matters of his/her own or matters of public importance. Provided that nothing shall compel any person to provide information on any matter about which secrecy is to be maintained by law.”...Read more
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