Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives is pleased to host the Consultative Session on “Advocacy Initiatives for Strong Right to Information Law in Balochistan” to be held on Wednesday, 1st July 2020 at 2:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are being held online, through ZoomApp, and will be broadcast on social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter & YouTube). The agenda of this session is also enclosed in the email detailing all the discussion points, time and subject of speaking.
The objective of these consultative sessions is to discuss advocacy measures that can be taken to promote the cause of Strong Right to Information Law in Balochistan. Strong right to information laws have been enacted at the Federal level and in three provinces (Punjab, Sindh and KP), whilst Balochistan is still holding on to the “Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005”, which is widely criticised for being highly restrictive and inadequate.
RTI is a fundamental right, which can be effectively enforced only if the Government of Balochistan takes steps to enact a new law, which is consistent with national and international standards. The new law must, among others, (a) provide a comprehensive definition of information and records, (b) ensure maximum disclosure of information, (c) direct proactive disclosure of most of the information held by public bodies, and (d) establish a robust mechanism to redress grievances of citizens facing delays or unfair denials in obtaining information.
The following panellists will discuss various aspects of the RTI:
1) Behram Lehri, President Balochistan Psychologists Association & Social Activist
2) Nasar Ullah Zayrai, MPA, Pakhtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PMAP)
3) Syed Ali Shah, Bureau Chief DAWN NEWS Quetta
4) Zahid Abdullah, Federal Information Commissioner
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