International RTI News

December 2016

Revelations Under The RTI Act Expose How Government Misled Parliament To Weaken Anti-Corruption Legislations

RTI Activist, Anjali Bharadwaj of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), at a discussion organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative,(CHRI) in New Delhi, on December 17, revealed how the passage of some progressive legislations suffered, for want of Government’s backing, and worse, because of its misleading of Parliament.

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Centre asked to respond to petition on Pakistan-returned girl Geeta

Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court on Monday gave six weeks to assistant solicitor general to seek instructions from the centre on reply to a petition alleging that Geeta, the hearing and speech impaired girl who was brought from Pakistan, is being stationed in Indore in contravention to laws as a publicity stunt.

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November 2016

Citizens To File Information Commission Complaints, Appeals Online

The system will allow online filing of appeals and complaints and case disposals using latest technology. The system will generate a unique number which can be used by the applicant for tracking the status of a case filed with the Commission.

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Evolving Dimensions of the Bangladesh RTI Act

The evolving dynamics within the New World Economic Order prompted the unelected government of Bangladesh to adopt Right to Information as a part of its governance dynamics through an ordinance on October 20, 2008. Subsequently, the elected government took necessary steps to enact the Right to Information Act, 2009 during the first session of the new parliament.

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Implementation of RTI Act challenging: CIC

Terming the RTI Act a big milestone in Bangladesh's socio-economic context, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Prof Dr Golam Rahman has said the lack of culture among officials to provide information has stood in the way of reaping benefits from the law. In an interview with UNB, he lamented that some officers are not providing information as the culture of providing information is yet to properly develop here. "Some don't consider it as a citizen right.  Instead, they consider it as a burden. It's a big impediment to implementing the act," he added.

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Bangladesh RTI is a Paper Law

Efforts to ensure citizens access to public information can be traced back to 1766, with the Swedish parliament enacting the first legislation seeking freedom of information. However, recognition of the right to information as a human right was formalized with its inclusion in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (Article 19) in 1948.

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October 2016

Chief Information Commissioner Can Transfer Commissioners: High Court

The Bombay High Court has held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under the Right to Information Act (RTI) to transfer State Information Commissioner from one region to another for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission functions in a smooth manner.

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