Newsletter 103

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Around the World

Issue No: 103

E - Alert

Issue Date: 23-06-2015




Greetings from Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI).

The deafening silence maintained by PPP on the issue of provincial right to information law has finally been broken. Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh said in a conference held by CPDI on June 08, 2015 in Karachi that the new RTI bill will be tabled in Sindh Assembly at the start of the next parliamentary year. This is the first public commitment by PPP leader in the Sindh province. However, we have seen many public commitments by PPP to repeal Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 during its tenure but nothing came out of those commitments. Therefore, this is high time that civil society groups step up the campaign for the enactment of effective RTI law in Sindh. CPDI has already shared with the Sindh government model RTI law as the draft Sindh bill leaves much to be desired according to those who have seen the bill. We will keep you posted about the developments.

Happy reading,




Over 40000 Cases Pending as Central Information Commission Remains Headless


... cases - comprising 32,531 appeals and 7,520 complaints filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act - are pending in the Commission as on today, ...



Freedom Of Information Requests More Costly, Less Informative: Report

Huffington Post Canada

HALIFAX - People are waiting longer, paying more and getting less information when they file requests under the Freedom of Information and ...



Downing Street accused of deliberate attempt to avoid freedom of information requests as ex-staff ...

The Independent

Transparency campaigners have claimed the system is in place to avoid information being released to the public through freedom of information ...



Stormont department answers FoI request ... almost four years later

Belfast Newsletter

A Stormont department has finally responded to a Freedom of Information request more than three and a half years after it was first made – but said ...



FBI Spends Up to One-Third of Its Aviation Budget on Executive Travel, Documents Show

... is secondary to the FBI's operational work,” the FBI told Smith in a letter obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Government



Call to include housing associations in the Freedom of Information Act

The National

THE Scottish information commissioner has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to include housing associations in plans to extend the ...



PMK demo on Jun 22 to demand CIC appointment

Web India

Hence most of the appeal petitions on Right to Information Act are kept pending without hearing. Though the numbers of the appeal petitions had ...



Fine imposed on Mundoor Gram Panchayat PDO


... of Rs 6,000 onMundoor Gram Panchayat PDO Sujatha for failing to furnish information sought by general public under the Right to Information Act.



Government refuses to return chief information commissioner's financial powers

Economic Times

CIC, which is the final appellate authority for Right to Information (RTI) Act, has got a new chief information commissioner - Vijai Sharma - after over ...




Revealed: Gifts and hospitality lavished on Stormont ministers over past five years

Belfast Telegraph

The gifts were offered to the ministers by private companies and Heads of State, according to information obtained under the Freedom of Information ...



Code of Conduct Bureau denies groups access to Buhari's Assets declaration form


The Code of Conduct Bureau has turned down a Freedom of Information request by a network of Civil Society organisations, Stop Impunity Nigeria ...



Daunting task ahead for new CIC

The Hindu

The Defence Ministry tops the list of Central government departments contributing the highest number of Right to Information (RTI) appeals pending ...



Delhi govt to conduct RTI test for its officials in Sept

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) To encourage its officials to get acquainted with the provisions of Right to Information Act, the Delhi government has decided ...



Tory crackdown on Freedom of Information sparks transparency fears


Conservative ministers are plotting a clampdown on Britain's Freedom of Information (FoI) laws, a move that observers warn could signal the death ...





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