The Department of International Law
(DIL) of the Secretariat for
Legal Affairs of the OAS, in
fulfillment of the mandate of the General
Assembly session held last June, has
launched consultations on the thematic
areas of the Inter-American Model Law on
Access to Information (Model Law) that
may need to be updated or amplified.
The Model Law was adopted in
2010 by the OAS General Assembly, which has
continued to take decisive steps to expand the
right of access to information in the
Hemisphere. As well as adopting resolutions each
year that promote and recognize the relevance
and role of access to information in democratic
systems, in June 2016, it adopted an
Inter-American Program on Access to Public
Information (AG/RES. 2885 (XLVI-O/16), based on
a draft prepared by the DIL.
The Program recognizes the vital role of international instruments in the promotion and protection of access to information, as well as the essential role of access to information in electoral and democratic processes; in state governance and anticorruption efforts; in the protection and promotion of human rights, especially the right to freedom of thought and expression; and in freedom of the press. It reaffirms the importance of the Model Inter-American Law in the promotion of this right, and invites the member states to designate points of contact for effective follow-up of its implementation.
At its most recent regular session, the General Assembly adopted a resolution titled “Strengthening Democracy” [AG/RES. 2905 (XLVII-O/17), paragraph ix], in which it requests the DIL, with the support of the focal points of the Inter-American Program on Access to Public Information of the member states and taking into account contributions from civil society, to identify thematic areas in which it considers it necessary to update or broaden the
Model Inter-American Law on Access to Information and to forward its findings to the Inter-American Juridical Committee to develop.
In implementation of this provision, the
DIL has prepared and disseminated a survey that
has been distributed to the focal
points designated by the governments, and has
launched a consultation process that
will enable civil society to participate in this
process to update or amplify the Model
Inter-American Law on Access to Information.
The focal points and civil society
organizations are invited to participate
actively in this consultation and to
reply to the survey prepared to that end, which
may be obtained at the following address:
The DIL invites civil society organizations to
participate in this consultative process. Please
complete the survey and forward it to
before November 10.
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» For the Inter-American Program on Access to Public
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