Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives is hosting Right to Information (RTI) Conference on “Integrated Role of Civil Society for Right to Information” on Thursday, 31st December 2020 at 1: 00 pm in CBR in Marriott Hotel Islamabad.
The objective of this conference is to discuss the role of CSOs in taking effective advocacy measures to promote the cause of Strong Right to Information Law in Pakistan. Strong right to information law is a gateway towards transparency, accountability and rule of law. However, the Right of Access to Information (RAI) Act, 2017 is neither consonant with international best practices nor with the letter and spirit of Article 19-A of the Constitution of Pakistan (1973). As a result, it ranks low as compared to RTI laws in other countries like India and Afghanistan. Its comparison with provincial RTI laws of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh further signifies its flaws and weaknesses.
Being a fundamental right, Right to Information can be effectively enforced only if the Government takes appropriate steps to amend the law, which is consistent with national and international standards:
The following panellists will discuss various aspects of the RTI:
- Muhammad Azam, Chief Information Commissioner, Pakistan Information Commission
- Zahid Abdullah, Information Commissioner, Pakistan Information Commission
- Fawad Malik, Information Commissioner, Pakistan Information Commission
- Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)
- Sadaf Khan, Director Programs, Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD)