“We welcome the fact that the Cayman Islands has such a strong RTI law,” said CLD Executive Director, Toby Mendel. “This further supports the calls by local campaigners in the Bahamas for improvements to their Bill before it is passed into law, although this should not be used as an excuse to further delay adoption of this Bill.”
Despite the differences in score, the two laws share some critical deficiencies, including exceptions which are illegitimate in nature, overbroad or lack proper harm tests. Both laws also fail to apply a public interest override to all exceptions and exclude many public bodies from their ambit altogether.
Across the Caribbean, scores range broadly from Antigua, which just edges out the Cayman Islands with a score of 113, to the Dominican Republic, which places a dismal 93rd among the 102 laws currently rated.
UPDATE: CLD has also carried out a revised rating of the Bahamas’ draft FOI Bill, 2015, Read here
Full results for the International RTI Rating are available at: www. RTI-Rating.org.
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