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Maintaining the Right to Information During Health Emergencies

Maintaining the Right to Information During Health Emergencies
27 May 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has created both significant burdens for governments, as they are called upon to protect citizensā€™ health and minimise the economic impact of the pandemic, and significant operational challenges, as many staff are working from home. Many States have responded by imposing limits on the

Puerto Rico: Right to Information Laws Adopted Recently are Weak

Puerto Rico: Right to Information Laws Adopted Recently are Weak
6 May 2020. An assessment of two laws adopted recently in Puerto Rico to establish a legal right to access information held by government reveals the laws are very weak, according to an Analysis published today by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). According to the RTI Rating (www.RTI-Rating.org),

2020 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections

2020 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections
30 April 2020. Today, the specialised mandates tasked with promoting and protecting freedom of expression at the UN, OAS and OSCE launched their annual statement, the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections in the Digital Age. The Joint Declaration, which was drafted with the assistance of the Centre

What We Do



The Centre for Law and Democracy believes in a world in which robust respect for all human rights underpins strong participatory democracy at all levels of governance ā€“ local, national, regional and international ā€“ leading to social justice and equality.

We work to promote, protect and develop those human rights which serve as the foundation for or underpin democracy, including the rights to freedom of expression, to vote and participate in governance, to access information and to freedom of assembly and association.

CLD works collaboratively with NGOs around the world, on a consultancy or small project basis, to carry out projects aimed at boosting respect for key human rights. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have a project which you feel might benefit from our specialised legal and policy expertise.