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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 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan introduced through the 18th amendment in 2010 guarantees the right to information as follows: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.”...Read more
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