Publications


May 25, 2018

Memorandum on the Ghana RTI Bill, 2018 to the Joint Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Communications

Ghana recently introduced the Right to Information Bill, 2018. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has submitted a Memorandum on the Bill to the Joint Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Communications in Ghana.

April 19, 2018

In the time of crisis Public Sector Banks reject more RTIs than ever before: an analysis of statistics from the CIC's latest Annual Report

April 19, 2018 By: Venkatesh Nayak To say that the banking sector in India is going through a “crisis phase” would be a bald understatement. Bad loans or “non-performing assets” (NPAs) have risen to unprecedented levels in 2018.

March 13, 2018

RTI cases pile up as vacancies in Information Commissions rise across India

Readers will remember our previous efforts to collate data about the use of RTI laws and the working of Information Commissions across India. This year, we mark the 25th anniversary of CHRI's work in India by releasing the Rapid Review 4.0 (previously named Rapid Study) of the State of Information Commissions and Use of RTI Laws across India. The full report of our Rapid Review 4.

January 09, 2018

Right to Information Learning Programme in India for civil society and media representatives from Kenya- Report

CHRI organized an RTI Learning Programme in New Delhi, India for six delegates representing civil society and media organisations in Kenya in September 2017, with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation. A report.

December 07, 2017

CHRI at 12th Annual RTI Convention

CHRI’s Access to Information Programme (ATI) team attended the 12th Annual RTI Convention organized by the Central Information Commission (CIC) on Wednesday in New Delhi. Venkatesh Nayak, Programme Coordinator of ATI, made a presentation on some examples of good practices of proactive information disclosure.   Vice President Mr M.

October 06, 2017

RTI workshop in Bangkok: Proactive Information Disclosure – Parameters, Performance & Pushing the Envelope

CHRI made a presentation on 'Proactive Information Disclosure - Parameters, Performance and Pushing the Envelope' at the workshop on the Right to Information for Stakeholders in South and South East Asia. The workshop was organised in Bangkok on October 3-4, 2017.

April 25, 2017

CHRI calls for overhaul of Draft Rules in India to strengthen RTI

In a submission sent to the Department of Personnel and Training, CHRI has rejected the proposal to allow for the automatic abatement of appeals on the death of the appellant. CHRI has argued that the withdrawal and abatement clauses will only embolden vested interests to threaten and even seriously harm citizens from exposing corruption and maladministration, using RTI.

April 18, 2017

GOI’s Draft RTI Rules- CHRI invites comments on its suggestions for change

The Dept. of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India has extended the deadline for making submissions on the Draft RTI Rules, 2017 to 25th April, 2017. This gives us ample opportunity for submitting comments not only on the Draft Rules but also for suggesting Rules for implementing aspects of the law that are not covered in the existing Rules.

February 16, 2017

Malawi becomes 23rd country to enact an RTI law in the Commonwealth

President Peter Mutharika has given his assent to the Access to Information Bill that Malawi's Parliament approved in December 2016. Malawi becomes the 23rd country in the Commonwealth to enact a national level law guaranteeing access to information to its people. CHRI provided technical advice to stakeholders in Malawi for strengthening the Bill based on international best practices.

February 07, 2017

DeMon to ReMon - Govt claims exercise, successul, without revealing details under RTI

By Venkatesh Nayak The demonetisation of currency notes of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 denomination that the Government announced on 08 November, 2016 and the subsequent remonetisation of the economy has affected almost every person living in India.