Last week, President Bachelet of Chile enacted the Law for Civil Service Transparency and Access to Information of the State Administration Organs. Under the new law, all state administration agencies -at the central, regional or community level- will be obliged to provide, within a maximum of twenty days, information requested by any citizen.
There are reasons to smile for the members of the Idu Mishmi community in the North Eastern State of Arunachal Pradesh located in the Himalayan Mountain Ranges: The Government on 13-08-08 has cancelled the proposed Public Hearing for the proposed 3000 MW Hydel Power Dam to be located in Dibang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC), a body of the Organization of American States, approved last week Resolution No. 147 (LXXIII-O/08) which contains a set of principles on the right of access to information.
In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter forwarded the Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right to Information to all heads of state and leaders of the major international organizations and financial institutions.