“We welcome the fact that Tanzania is moving forward with this important piece of legislation”, said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD. “While the draft Act has some strengths, we believe that more needs to be done to ensure that it reflects international standards in this area.”
The draft Act has a number of positive features, including its relatively broad scope, fairly narrow regime of exceptions and the fact that it allocates an oversight role to the independent Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance. At the same time, it has a number of weaknesses and fails to come up to the level of many of the newer generation of right to information laws. Among other problems, it suffers from a lack of detail in relation to requesting and appeals procedures and it includes only a small number of promotional measures.
CLD urges the government of Tanzania to review the draft Act with a view to amending it to bring it more fully into line with international standards.
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