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FOI/RTI Principles

Several international organisations have developed basic principles that must underpin regime of transparency and people’s access to information. In this section you will find a compilation of best principles on RTI. A progressive RTI law must be informed by these best practice principles.

The Commonwealth has recognised the fundamental importance of the right to access information as far back as the 1971 Singapore Principles. This commitment has since been reaffirmed and rearticulated in the 1980 Barbados Communique, the 1999 Report of the Expert Group on the Right to Know, the 1999 Freedom of Information Principles and the 2003 CHOGM Declaration. This document provides an overview (in English) of the Commonwealth’s commitment to the right to access information and key extracts from official declarations and documents....Read more
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  The Justice Initiative and more than 16 partner organizations, listed at the end of this note, will shortly release the Global Principles on National Security and Right to Information. Attached is a penultimate draft, which reflects input from more than 500 experts at 14 meetings around the world, and an intensive, final round of email consultations.   Key recent changes are highlighted in yellow, explained in the attached memo.   We are in the process of developing a principle by principle commentary, to explain choices made re language and to provide support from international and national hard and soft law and practice.   If you have any significant substantive concerns with any Principle, please send us your comments by noon EST on May 21st, if possible We apologize...Read more
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