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Sri Lanka: Four key ways in which accountability is compromised by proposed 20 amendment – TISL

Operationality of RTI at risk  Removal of Audit Commission impairs monitoring of public spending  CIABOC’s investigative powers compromised  Election Commission restricted from acting against public property misuse  Transparency International...

Compliance with the RTI Act has improved in Sri Lanka, proactive disclosure has significant room for improvement

The paucity of information on the use of public funds in Sri Lanka has typically impeded the public from holding the government accountable for...

Sri Lanka: Suspension of the live proceedings of the PSC denies people the right to information. – FMM

Media Release/2019 June  03. The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the abrupt suspension of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) live proceedings, which was probing the Easter...

Right to Information: What can we learn from Sri Lanka’s experience?

Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz. Sri Lanka was the last country in South Asia to adopt the Right to Information Act (RTI) in 2017. For...

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Commission expresses it concerns on proposed Audit Bill

Issuing a media statement the Right to Information Commission of Sri Lanka says that "the RTIC is concerned that a ‘chilling effect’ may be...

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information left in a sorry plight!

The country’s much-vaunted Right to Information Act has been hailed as a major breakthrough in the field of information dissemination. While the intentions may...

Sri Lanka RTI Commission Dismisses Privilege as a Ground to Deny Information on Recruitment

Image: waiting for the jobs. Thursday August 24th 2017 -  Information on state recruitments and alleged irregularities or malpractices in government/ provincial councils, overseas travel details...

Sri Lanka’s New anti-terrorism law undermines RTI

Image: Right to Information includes covering conflict situations. By Namini Wijedasa. The word ‘Espionage’ dropped, but originally listed offences reintroduced. The Counter Terrorism Act policy framework approved...

RTI Commission should not depend financially on Presidential Secretariat.

A civil group, "the Collective for Decent Lanka" has requested the Right to Information Commission to make public its financial and cadre requirements and ...

Media Commission Bill to be enacted shortly says a Sri Lanka offcial.

The officials at the Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry has told Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka  that  a new Media Commission Bill will be enacted shortly...

Sri Lanka RTI laws become world’s third best

Sri Lanka has reached third best place in the RTI global ranking. Mexico and Serbia are in the first and second places. Simultaneously Sri Lanka...

Right to Information becomes a reality in Sri Lanka.

Image: If they suspect of whereabouts of missing children parents can now request relevant information. Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Act came  into effect...

Sri Lanka Police and the RTI Act

The Right to Information that has been much hyped by the leaders of the Yahapalanaya government in the recent past seems to be one...

Sri Lanka RTI Commission Appointed; Awaits Presidents Approval

The Constitutional Council has recommended Prof. Savithri Goonasekera, attorney-at-law Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, former judge Salim Marsoof, former Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry Secretary Neil...

RTI Act: Politicians Shouldn’t Fiddle in Implementation If the True Objective to be Achieved

By  R.Sampanthan. Thank you, Hon. Presiding Member. We are debating an important Bill, the Right to Information Bill in the House today. This Bill should have...

Sri Lanka RTI Bill Needs Two Thirds Majority – SC; Five Sections Inconsistent With Constitution

The Supreme Court has apprised the Parliament some sections of the Right to Information bill are not consistent with the constitution thus it needs...

Sri Lanka RTI Bill: Rights Petitions ( attached) Filed Before the Supreme Court

(SLB) Last week Supreme Court of Sri Lanka heard number of cases filed in relation to  the  Sri Lanka's Right to Information Bill which...

Sri Lanka Should not Keep Central Bank Out of RTI bill: Economist

Attempts to put operations of Sri Lanka's central bank out of the ambit of a draft 'Right to Information' bill are wrong and will...

RTI Bill Now Before Parliament, Northern PC Proposes Amendments

By Chandani Kirinde. The long-awaited Right to Information (RTI) Bill that seeks to give every Sri Lankan the right of access to information which is...

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Bill presented to Parliament

(LBO) – Sri Lanka’s long-awaited Right to Information Bill was presented to Parliament today as the first reading. Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha...

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Bill to be Tabled on March 8

The Right to Information (RTI) Bill would be presented to Parliament on March 8. Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunarathna Paranawithana told...

Sri Lanka: Draft RTI Act Will Be One Of the Best In the World

Issuing a Advocate Letter  ARTICLE 19 says that Right to Information Act put forward by the cabinet of Sri Lanka, which if passed as is,...

Sri Lanka Media Minstry Calls for Views, Proposals, and Comments on Approved RTI Draft

The Right to Information Bill approved by the Sri Lanka cabinet of Ministers are now available on the Media Ministry website. The PDF version...

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Bill: Rights Assured and Rights Distorted

Concern grows as to what kind of RTI Bill Sri Lanka will enact : by Rukshana Rizwie. Nalaka Gunawardene Pic: Courtesy lightmillenium.org The actual worth of Sri Lanka's...

19A Defeats Govt’s Well Meaning RTI Law – Editorial, Sunday Times

On Tuesday, the new Government is optimistic that those parts of the 19th Amendment (19A) to the 1978 Constitution — cleared by the Supreme...

Beyond RTI: Towards Open Government in Sri Lanka

by Nalaka Gunawardene - After many years of advocacy by civil society, Sri Lanka is set to adopt a law that guarantees citizens’ Right to...

Sri Lanka Needs a Series of Critical Reform Measures for Media Freedom –

PRESS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL MEDIA MISSION TO SRI LANKA / 3 March 2015 A clear perception of increased media freedom in Sri Lanka since the Jan....

Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions

by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Venkatesh Nayak- Introduction. In giving necessary context to Sri Lanka’s draft Right to Information (RTI) law disseminated by the current Government in...

The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka

The new government of Sri Lanka has made the draft for Right to Information Act available for the people for their feed back. The...

 ‘Right to Information’ to Become a fundamental Right in Sri Lanka

The Right to Information Bill, which will be presented in Parliament soon, will have constitutional status, Media Ministry Secretary Karu Paranawithana said on Thursday...
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