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.

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Online Event: Join Special Rapporteurs in the launch of the 2020 Joint Declaration

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Elections and Freedom of Expression

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Coronavirus: Impacts on freedom of expression

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Brazil: Government must protect freedom of expression in its response to coronavirus

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Bangladesh: Joint Letter concerning restrictions on communication, fencing, and coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar District Rohingya refugee camps

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Coronavirus: Access to the internet can be a matter of life and death during a pandemic
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Coronavirus: Access to the internet can be a matter of life and death during a pandemic

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Thailand: Emergency measures threaten human rights
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Thailand: Emergency measures threaten human rights

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