Access to information

The right to information (RTI) enables the public and civil society to access information held by public bodies, and empowers them to hold their leaders accountable, develop a fuller understanding of the world, and ensure other human rights. The right to information is an important tool for holding governments to account, as it requires them to be more transparent in their activities, for example in the way they spend public finances.  This not only helps fight corruption, but it helps build stable and resilient democracies, where the powerful are genuinely accountable. The protection of whistleblowers to be able to reveal information of public interest is also crucially important.

Over the past 15 years, global progress on access to information, both in law and practice, has been significant. Nearly 120 countries around the world have adopted comprehensive RTI laws, encompassing nearly 90 percent of the world’s population. These laws have been extensively used to enable people to achieve their social and economic, as well as their human rights. However, there remains a long way to go to instill genuine transparency and protect the right to information for all.

Western Africa: Governments must support the right to know
28.09.2021 11 min read

Western Africa: Governments must support the right to know

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Global: Exercise your right to information
28.09.2021 1 min read

Global: Exercise your right to information

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European Union:  Rule of law amendments must be inclusive and have credible impact
22.09.2021 28 min read

European Union: Rule of law amendments must be inclusive and have credible impact

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Eastern Africa: Report highlights impact of pandemic on rights
07.09.2021 2 min read

Eastern Africa: Report highlights impact of pandemic on rights

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Kenya: Amend the Draft Data Protection Regulations
29.07.2021 4 min read

Kenya: Amend the Draft Data Protection Regulations

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New global analysis: in a pandemic protecting people means protecting Expression
29.07.2021 9 min read

New global analysis: in a pandemic protecting people means protecting Expression

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Unhealthy Silence: Development finance institutions failed to protect journalists and critics of COVID-19 responses
26.07.2021 7 min read

Unhealthy Silence: Development finance institutions failed to protect journalists and critics of COVID-19 responses

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Brazil: Targets for gaps in education, environment and equality not being met
15.07.2021 5 min read

Brazil: Targets for gaps in education, environment and equality not being met

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Cuba: Government must respect freedom of expression and the right to protest
15.07.2021 7 min read

Cuba: Government must respect freedom of expression and the right to protest

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