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Press Note on the Documentation of RTI Interventions Skill Building Training Session for Civil Society  ...Read more
Posted By : Saine
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  Bureaucracy has started resorting to launching enquiries and disciplinary actions as more and more citizens are trying to have access to information under right to information laws of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. According to a report released by Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CDPI) here on Thursday, it is highly unfortunate that teachers are facing wrath of bureaucracy in the shape of transfers, suspensions and enquiries for seeking copies of seniority lists. As reported in the press on March 25th, district education officer (DEO) Nowshera suspended two school teachers Ijaz Ur Rahman and Mudassir Shah under West Pakistan Government Servants (Conduct) Rules 1966. For full press release refer: http://www.cpdi-pakistan.org/archives/7335...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
While welcoming the Sri Lankan government’s proposed right to information (RTI) law and constitutional amendments, in an analysis released today by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), suggests that the proposed constitutional guarantee needs to be strengthened. “Although it is a late-comer to right to information (RTI), the fact that the Sri Lankan government is moving forward simultaneously with both a constitutional guarantee and legislation is very encouraging”, said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD. “It would be a great shame if this clear demonstration of democratic political will were undermined by rules that failed to conform to international standards.” To read more go to - https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-proposed-rti-guarantee-needs-to-...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has today called upon civil society actors in Sri Lanka to demand the roll back of the regressive restrictions on their Right to Information. Issuing a statement today the CHRI said; “Draft Article 14A has not been placed in the public domain for obtaining people’s views. As RTI is an empowering right, people must be involved fully in its formulation as it is their right. CHRI urges the Government to engage the people of Sri Lanka through a widespread consultative process on the language and contents of Draft Article 14A.” For full statement click: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/restrictions-placed-on-sri-lankas-rti-are-overbroad-vague-and-outdated-cwealth-hri/...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Arrest of RTI User in Tamil Nadu Shocking: CHRI Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Press Statement, 8 January, 2014   CHRI is shocked to hear reports of an RTI user being arrested after he sat down ostensibly without the permission of the Information Commission hearing his appeal in Tamil Nadu. As reported, the incident arose out of the refusal by the Commission to allow the appellant to sit during the hearing. This is a minimum facility that an appellant can expect at the Commission and not providing such a facility would only provoke protest.  This incident highlights once again the trend of disrespecting people who appear before Information Commissions. In other incidents Commissioners have been known to refuse the appellants adequate opportunity to explain their case or shout th...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
CHRI's Statement on the Maltreatment of an RTI Activist in Nepal   CHRI joins Freedom Forum in condemning the alleged abuse, harassment and illegal detention of RTI activist Mr. Laxman Prasad Shrap in Birgunj Nepal on 5th December, 2014. The ugly trend of attacks on RTI users- a frequent occurrence in India has begun in Nepal as well. The information that Mr. Shrap was seeking ought to have been disclosed proactively by the public authority under the terms of the Right to Information Act, B. S. 2064. Instead the Head of Office is said to have colluded with the local police to abuse and threaten him and eventually, detain him in police custody.    All Government Officers in Nepal are sworn to abide by the law and guarantee protection of all fundamental rights including the right to i...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
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Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Transparency Maldives developed a Position Paper (Dhivehi Language) based on the previously submitted comments on the RTI draft bill by TM to the parliament and international best practices. The Paper lays out the fundamental principles on freedom of information that a well-functioning RTI legislation must uphold. The Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights, the Human Rights Commission of Maldives, the Prosecutor General, the Auditor General and the Anti Corruption Commission have since endorsed the position paper. The position paper was submitted to the parliament on 24th October 2012.        ...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
SummaryIslamabad, September 28, 2012: Government departments need to be obligated through right to information laws to proactively disclose information pertaining to issues of public importance as well as provide such information when it is demanded by citizens.Source: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)...Read more
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