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Lebanese authorities have largely failed to comply with the country’s Right to Access to Information Law, and the government has not established the body designated to oversee its implementation nearly three years after its passage, Human Rights Watch said today.
The law obligates all government bodies, public institutions, and institutions that perform public functions – collectively referred to as “the administrations” – to publish key legal, organizational, and financial documents. It also gives citizens the right to request information, including decisions, statistics, and contracts, from those administrations and to receive a response within 15 days.
“Lebanon passed a law that in theory advances the right to information, but the failure to establish the oversight body indicates that the authorities aren’t interested in increasing transparency,” said Lama Fakih, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
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