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.

18.07.2018 1 min read

Infographic: Progress on the right to information around the world

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17.07.2018 8 min read

UNHRC: Action needed to safeguard civic space within international organisations

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03.07.2018 1 min read

Iran: A guide to making information requests

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Iran: Access to information law provides important tool for environmental activists
29.06.2018 6 min read

Iran: Access to information law provides important tool for environmental activists

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Brazil: Access to information is critical to tackling water access and sanitation issues
05.06.2018 1 min read

Brazil: Access to information is critical to tackling water access and sanitation issues

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Press freedom under threat: International mission to the United States
02.05.2018 2 min read

Press freedom under threat: International mission to the United States

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Annual report 2017: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world
19.04.2018 1 min read

Annual report 2017: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world

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08.03.2018 5 min read

Brazil: New research on open data and cases of femicide

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Latin America: Principle 10 breakthrough for environmental democracy
08.03.2018 3 min read

Latin America: Principle 10 breakthrough for environmental democracy

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