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Introductory Consultation on the Draft Model Law for AU Member States on Access to Information, 29 April, Banjul, The Gambia

The Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, held a public consultation on the Draft Model Law for AU Member States on Access to Information in Africa on 29 April 2011, during the 49th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Banjul, The Gambia.

The aim of the consultation was to introduce the Draft Model Law, developed pursuant to Resolution 167 (XLVIII) 2010 of the ACHPR, authorising the Special Rapporteur to initiate the process of developing a model access to information legislation for Africa.



The feedback received from this consultation, together with those received at further subregional public consultations, will guide and inform any necessary amendments to the present draft.

Once finalised, it is expected that the Model Law will be adopted by the ACHPR at its 50th Ordinary Session in October 2011, to guide Member States in their adoption or review of access to information laws, and provide uniform benchmarks for evaluating their effective implementation.

Financial support for the project is provided by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Open Society Foundations, Rights Initiatives - Right to Information Fund.

Draft Model Law for AU Member States on Access to Information in Africa

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The Centre for Human Rights is requesting comments on the Draft Model Law. Please leave a comment below or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 31 November 2011 (deadline extended).

 

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0 # Lola 2011-05-20 12:53
The Centre for Human Rights is requesting comments on the Draft Model Law. Please leave a comment below or send an email to .za before 15 August 2011.
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0 # Samuel Adikpe 2011-06-06 11:17
The above model law pdf (English) seems corrupted as I could not be able to download. Pls check and probably re-upload.
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+1 # Webmaster 2011-06-06 11:31
@Samuel
The document seems fine on our side - I will send it to the email address you have given when commenting.
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0 # Neil Pakenham-Walsh 2012-07-03 08:20
The draft model law should include a section about governments' obligations, under international human rights law, to ensure that citizens and healthcare providers have access to essential, reliable healthcare information to prevent and manage disease and injury. This would save countless lives and would prevent violations such as the South African government's misinformation on HIV 10 years ago. Join hifa2015.org to help ensure that people will no longer die because of lack of access to basic healthcare knowledge. Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Coordinator, HIFA2015
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