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Equitable Access to Public Information - May 2013

Successful conclusion of High-Level Workshop on Equal Access to Public Information in Lima, Peru

The High-Level Workshop on Equal Access to Public Information, hosted by the Department of International Law (DIL) in association with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, came to a successful conclusion on May 10. During the workshop, government officials of various ranks whose work relates to access to information and public administration, national and international experts, and representatives of academia and civil society analyzed the Peruvian legal framework in this area, using as a benchmark the principles and rules of the Model Inter-American Law on Access to Public Information (Model Law), approved by the OAS General Assembly in June 2010, and its Implementation Guide.

Credit: DIL/OAS

Thanks to a growing recognition of the importance of access to information in strengthening democracy, governability, good governance, and trust in public institutions, the region has registered significant progress on this right through legislative advances, especially the 12 special laws already in place in Latin American countries.

Manuel Clausen Olivares, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Peruvian Council of Ministers, and Mariana Llona Rosa, Secretary for Public Administration of the Council of Ministers, opened the workshop. The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Juan Fernando Rojas Samanez, closed it with the participation of the Director of the OAS Department of International Law (DIL), Dante Negro.

The High-Level Workshop was attended by high-ranking government officials, including the Deputy Minister for Human Rights and representatives of the National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Council of Ministers, and the Ministry of Environment. It enjoyed active participation by prominent international experts from the World Bank, Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data, the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mr. Javier Yépez, Minister Counselor and Alternate Representative of Peru to the Organization, also participated in the workshop.

The workshop program combined panels and roundtables on the main thematic areas of the Model Law, including the principle of maximum disclosure, measures to promote openness, publication schemes, records and policies for creating, storing, and ensuring the integrity of public documents, mechanisms for obtaining public information, costs, exceptions and appeals regimes, the functions of the public information commissions, monitoring and compliance with current laws, and the importance of training programs for the authorities processing requests for access to public information.

The workshop concluded with the formulation of recommendations on subjects including the public information commissions, policies for monitoring the authorities responsible for enforcing the law, procedures and mechanisms for classifying and maintaining information, the exceptions and penalties regimes, and training programs.

This event is part of the Equal Access to Public Information project led by DIL and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Similar workshops will be held in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Panama in the near future.

See the following page ( for information on the presentations, work, and conclusions of the Workshop, as well as the cooperation project on access to public information.

Organization of American States      Gobierno del Perú
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

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