08.07.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

UNESCO publishes a handbook on Right to Information for mediators

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has published a handbook on "Right to Information (RTI) for mediators". The handbook that has targeted to mediators to enhance their capacity and support them to create awareness among citizens on RTI presents both theoretical and practical issues concerning right to information.

The book divided into seven chapters provides with the general understanding and importance of RTI to the citizen, information seeking procedures, possible challenges and techniques to overcome the challenges. The handbook was published under the project "Empowering people to enjoy their Right to Information for greater accountability of Nepal's power holder" co-funded by the European Union.

It is noticeable that Nepal has adopted the RTI Act in 2007 with the expectation of improving the transparency and accountability of government of Nepal. Whereas the RTI is legally guaranteed, the country is facing many challenges in the implementation of the Act.

Freedom of information is the right to access information held by public agencies. It is an integral part of the fundamental rights of freedom of expression. This rights encompasses the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

On the demand side, the general people are not aware enough on their RTI, its importance on their life and procedure of getting information from public agencies. In this situation, mediators (teachers, activists, lawyers etc.) can play crucial role to empower people to enjoy their rights, make accountable public authorities towards citizens', and build transparent and good governance for sustainable development. The book is expected to be instrumental on addressing these issues. 

Click below link to download the handbook

Right to Information for mediators, a handbook (Language: Nepali, 21.1mb)



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