Access to Information Laws
Access to Information can be defined as the right to seek, receive and impart information held by public bodies. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
#RightToKnow, International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021 - H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan
H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the Human Rights Council and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations for Fiji recalls the importance of Access to Information during the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information on 28 September 2021.
The Universal Periodic Review - valuable mechanism facilitating the promotion and protection of all human rights around the world - is a unique peer-review process through which the Human Right record of each of the 193 Member States of the UN is reviewed and recommendations are provided to the states on how to protect and strengthen the promotion of Human Rights.