The Centre for Law and Democracy has conducted an analysis of this new law using our RTI Rating and found that it scored 102 out of a possible 150 points, which would put Yemen in twenty-first place globally.
“We are pleased that Yemeni House of Representatives has passed such a strong right to information law,” said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. “However, passing this law is just the beginning; the government will have to commit to implementing the law properly, and civil society will need to be active in using it, for real transparency to emerge in Yemen.”
The law’s strongest features include its broad scope and applicability and its strong promotional regime. At the same time, the law has important weaknesses, including the lack of proper recognition of the human right right to information and the absence of a public interest override.