Publications


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.

February 06, 2017

Sri Lanka RTI Rules and Regulations

The RTI Act has come into force in Sri Lanka with the publication of the Rules and Regulations in the Government Gazette of Sri Lanka on 03/02/16. People can now make requests under the RTI Act.

January 06, 2017

Woe and confusion in the final days of demonetisation: A CHRI commentary

By Venkatesh Nayak Yesterday the print and electronic media highlighted the plight of a young woman who approached the New Delhi office of the Reserve Bank of India to change some demonetised currency notes that she had. Apparently the security personnel did not even allow her to enter the RBI office premises.

December 27, 2016

A CHRI enquiry shows: The Reserve Bank rejects access to demonetisation records; The Department of Economic Affairs keeps mum

By Venkatesh Nayak A recent media report quotes the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Government of India, saying, there was no need to go into the process of decision making regarding the 8th November demonetisation drive.

December 22, 2016

A worldwide petition asks UNESCO to engage stakeholders in developing the agency’s RTI policy: CHRI is a signatory

Eighty-one Non Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and individuals across the Americas, Asia and Europe signed a petition asking the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to engage stakeholders while formulating its Access to Information policy.

December 17, 2016

CHRI presents preliminary findings on the government’s efforts to fight corruption

How effective are the government’s efforts to combat corruption in India? According to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) figures for 2015 released by Transparency International, India ranks 76th with a score of 38 out of 168 countries surveyed for people’s perceptions about corruption.

December 13, 2016

“Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in Bangladesh”: CHRI’s ground breaking report now in Bangla

The Bangla version of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) landmark report “Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in Bangladesh” was launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at an event jointly organised by the Manusher Jonno Foundation and CHRI on 22 November, 2016. An English version of the report was released in the country a year ago.