CIME Consultative Session 1: Challenges to the Enactment of Strong RTI Law in Balochistan


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The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives is pleased to host the Consultative session on “Challenges to the Enactment of Strong Right to Information law in Balochistan” to be held on Tuesday, 23rd June 2020 at 12: 30 pm.  

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are designed online; through ZoomApp; and will be aired on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter& YouTube).

These sessions aim to initiate advocacy measures on the introduction of Strong Right of information law in Balochistan. All other provinces and the federal government have already adopted relatively more progressive, robust and citizen-friendly Second Generation Right to Information Laws, while Balochistan is still holding on to the “Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005” for the last 14 years.

RTI is an instrument of change for bringing transparency and accountability in the governmental sphere if it provides a proper mechanism and autonomous enforcement bodies, but the Balochistan FOI Act 2005 remains inadequate in comparison to national and regional best practices.  

The panellists include:

1)     Behram Baloch, Anchorperson, PTV Bolan

2)     Dr. Ishaq Baloch; Central Information Secretary, National Party

3)     Ms. Jalila Haider, Human Rights Defender

4)     Ms. Qamar Un Nisa, Advocate, Rights Activist

5)     Syed Munawar Shah, Director, Ombudsman Office Govt. of Balochistan

CPDI seeks to inform and influence public policies and civil society initiatives through research-based advocacy and capacity building, strengthening democratic institutions and people representative governance by safeguarding election processes, promoting openness, accountability and transparency in governance while working on Right to Information (RTI) and acquainting the public with RTI, Budget watch, Rule of Law, Promotion of Peace & Tolerance and Media Watch. CPDI envisions a society where individuals can realize their potentials to the best of their capacities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at jalil@cpdi-pakistan.org, Cell: 0336 566 6045, or WhatsApp (0345-5896494), if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about these panel discussions or any other related matter. We value our successful partnership with you and look forward to our continued relationship.

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