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Happy International Right to Know Day!

27 September 2019. 28 September, International Right to Know Day, is a day when people around the world celebrate the right to access information held by public authorities. A map of some of the key activities shows the truly global scope of engagement on this day around the world. The Centre for Law and Democracy … Continue reading

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Statement: Stronger Coordination Needed to Counter Global Disinformation on Hong Kong

September 24, 2019 Stronger coordination needed to counter global disinformation on Hong Kong There is now clear evidence that hundreds of thousands of social media accounts are being used to spread disinformation about Hong Kong’s ongoing political crisis with a view to manipulating public debate. The right to freedom of expression, which includes the right … Continue reading

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Join CLD in Halifax on 26 September for a Panel on Your Right to Know

In the lead-up to International Right to Know Day 2019, CLD invites you to a panel on Democracy in Action: The Future of Your Right to Know, on 26 September at 5:00 PM at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre.

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Myanmar: Archives Law Fails to Respect the Right to Information

28 August 2019. The government of Myanmar has put forward a new National Records and Archives Law to modernise the system of maintaining records and archives in the country. While the overall thrust of the draft Law is positive, it fails to respect standards regarding public access to information in several key respects. Given that … Continue reading

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Interested in an Exciting International Human Rights Career? Come Work With Us!

23 August 2018. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is seeking a Legal Officer to begin as soon as possible. We are looking for a successful, highly motivated person who will work from Halifax, Canada. The successful applicant will be rewarded with exciting legal work, high level representational opportunities and the chance to travel … Continue reading

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UNESCO: Overview Report on SDG 16.10.2 Data Exercise

13 August 2019. UNESCO has launched an overview report on its 2019 SDG Indicator 16.10.2 data collection exercise, Highlights from the 2019 UNESCO Monitoring and Reporting of SDG Indicator 16.10.2 – Access to Information: Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information. The data collection exercise – covering 43 Voluntary National Review (VNR) countries – and … Continue reading

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Note on the Draft African Declaration on Freedom of Expression

1 August 2019. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) adopted the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa in 2002. The Declaration, containing 16 principles setting out detailed standards relating to different aspects of the right to freedom of expression, has been very widely welcomed as a strong and progressive … Continue reading

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The Gambia: Progress on Access to Information

30 July 2019. The Gambia is one of a declining number of African countries that still does not have a law giving individuals a right to access information held by public authorities, or a right to information (RTI) law. However, there is some movement on this issue with the preparation of an Access to Information … Continue reading

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Launch of Reports on SDG 16.10.2

15 July 2019. Civil society organisations in ten countries have produced parallel reports on the implementation of laws giving individuals a right to access to information held by public authorities (right to information or RTI laws) using the methodology for this prepared by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet). This methodology is specially designed … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary Joint Declaration by Special Rapporteurs

10 July 2019. Today, in London, at the Global Conference for Media Freedom, the four special mandates tasked with promoting and protecting freedom of expression at the UN, OAS, OSCE and African Commission launched their Twentieth Anniversary Joint Declaration: Challenges to Freedom of Expression in the Next Decade. Drafted with the assistance of the Centre … Continue reading

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Join CLD at the Open Government Partnership Summit 2019

On 30 May 2019, CLD will lead a panel on “Three Methodologies to Assess the Implementation of SDG Indicator 16.10.2” at the 2019 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. The session will be from 10:30-11:50 in Room 205 in the Shaw Centre. It will feature a discussion of various methodologies for assessing … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New Regulations Improve the Law on Access to Information

16 April 2019. A review of the legal framework for the right to information in Vietnam, based on the adoption in January 2018 of new regulations, has increased Vietnam’s score from 69 to 76 points out of a possible total of 150 points on the RTI Rating, which puts it in 78th place out of … Continue reading

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20 Expert Organisations Urge Myanmar to Fully Guarantee Freedom of Expression in the Constitution

11 April 2019. Today, CLD joins 19 other expert organisations in a statement calling on Myanmar to protect freedom of expression as it revises the Constitution. The text is as follows, in English and in Burmese: 11 April 2019 — A new parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing Myanmar’s constitution is an opportunity for the government … Continue reading

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Launch of Charter on Engagement with the League of Arab States

29 March 2019, The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) (Canada), Transparency Maroc (TM), Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and Maharat Foundation (Lebanon) launched the Charter for Improving Civil Society Engagement with the League of Arab States today, ahead of the 31 March 2019 Arab League Summit being held in Tunis. The … Continue reading

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Launch of Digital Freedom of Expression Teaching Portal

28 March 2019, The Centre for Law and Democracy has collaborated with Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and nine other universities and civil society organisations from around the world to launch a new teaching portal Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers. The goal of the portal is to promote the adoption of a global approach to … Continue reading

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Bermuda: Time to Update the Access to Information Act

28 March 2019, An Analysis of the Bermudian Public Access to Information (PATI) Act by the Centre for Law and Democracy shows that it scores 97 out of a possible total of 150 points on the RTI Rating, which would put it in 45th place out of the 123 countries around the world whose laws … Continue reading

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Pilot Data Collection on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 16.10.2

7 March 2019, The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is partnering with UNESCO to carry out a preliminary data collection exercise on implementation of right to information (RTI) laws as part of UNESCO’s role as “custodian agency” for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 16.10.2. SDG 16 sets targets related to peace, justice and “effective, … Continue reading

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Launch of the Right to Information Implementation Methodology

20 February 2019, The Methodology for Assessing Right to Information Implementation in Pakistan was launched today at a workshop in Islamabad. The methodology is a sophisticated tool for assessing the quality of implementation of right to information (RTI) laws. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has been working over a period of about one and one-half … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Media Law Reform Discussions with the Press Council

28 January 2019, The Myanmar Press Council (MPC), established by the 2014 News Media Law, has been discussing amendments to its founding legislation. Over the past week, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), as part of its collaboration with International Media Support (IMS) and FOJO Media Institute, held two roundtable meetings with members and … Continue reading

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Are You a Law Student Interested in International Human Rights? Summer Internship Applications Now Open

15 January 2019, The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), an international human rights organisation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is receiving applications for up to four interns for the summer of 2019. The positions will involve a range of substantive legal work in areas such as freedom of expression, media law,digital rights and access … Continue reading

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