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The Right to Information: An Aid for Litigation (2012) (India)- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

The Right to Information: An Aid for Litigation (2012) (India)- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

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Despite resistance and the many obstacles surrounding its implementation, the right
to information is steadily changing the culture of governance in India. Until recently,
Indian governance structure assumed its functioning, decisions, actions, and rationales
would be hidden from public scrutiny. Now, there is a belief that assumes that
everything will be questioned, must be justified, and needs public consultation before
it will be considered valid. Only a few agencies and a narrow band of information are
now protected from disclosure, and even these few exceptions to the right are subject
to challenge.
Despite resistance and the many obstacles surrounding its implementation, the right
to information is steadily changing the culture of governance in India. Until recently,
Indian governance structure assumed its functioning, decisions, actions, and rationales
would be hidden from public scrutiny. Now, there is a belief that assumes that
everything will be questioned, must be justified, and needs public consultation before
it will be considered valid. Only a few agencies and a narrow band of information are
now protected from disclosure, and even these few exceptions to the right are subject
to challenge.

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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
New Delhi, India
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London, UK
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Accra, Ghana
working for the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth
The Right to Information: An Aid for Litigation
CHRI 2012
for lawyers and human rights defenders
 
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
CHRI Accra Office
House No. 9,Samora Machel StreetAsylum Down,Opposite Beverly Hills Hotel,Near Trust Towers,Accra, GhanaT +233 (0)302 971170F +233 (0)302 244819chriafrica@humanrightsinitiative.org
CHRI New Delhi Office
B-117, 1st Floor,Sarvodaya Enclave,New Delhi – 110017,INDIAT +91 (0)11 4318 0201F +91 (0)11 2686 4688info@humanrightsinitiative.org
CHRI London Office
Institute of Commonwealth StudiesSchool of Advanced Study,University of London, 2nd Floor,South Block, Senate House,Malet Street,London WC1E 7HUT +44 (0)207 862 8857F +44 (0)207 862 8820chri@sas.ac.uk
www.humanrightsinitiative.org
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)International Advisory Commission:Executive Committee (India):Executive Committee (Ghana):Executive Committee (UK):is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmentalorganisation, mandated to ensure the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. In 1987,several Commonwealth professional associations founded CHRI. They believed that while the Commonwealth providedmember countries a shared set of values and legal principles from which to work, and provided a forum within which topromote human rights, there was little focus on the issues of human rights within the Commonwealth.CHRI’s objectives are to promote awareness of and adherence to the Commonwealth Harare Principles, the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised human rights instruments, as well as domesticinstruments supporting human rights in Commonwealth member states.Through its reports and periodic investigations, CHRI continually draws attention to progress and setbacks to human rights inCommonwealth countries. In advocating for approaches and measures to prevent human rights abuses, CHRI addresses theCommonwealth Secretariat, member governments and civil society associations. Through its public education programmes,policy dialogues, comparative research, advocacy and networking, CHRI's approach throughout is to act as a catalyst around itspriority issues.The nature of CHRI's sponsoring organisations allows for a national presence and an international network.* Theseprofessionals can steer public policy by incorporating human rights norms into their own work and act as a conduit todisseminate human rights information, standards and practices. These groups also bring local knowledge, can accesspolicymakers, highlight issues and act in concert to promote human rights.CHRI is based in New Delhi, India, and has offices in London, UK, and Accra, Ghana.Sam Okudzeto Chairperson; B. G. Verghese, Neville Linton, Yashpal Ghai,Alison Duxbury, Vivek Maru and Maja DaruwalaB. G. Verghese Chairperson;Harivansh, Sanjoy Hazarika, B. K. Chandrashekar,Poonam Muttreja, Nitin Desai, Ruma Pal, Kamal Kumar, Wajahat Habibullah, A. P. Shah and Maja Daruwala – DirectorSam Okudzeto Chairperson; B. G. Verghese, Neville Linton, Akoto Ampaw andMaja Daruwala – Director.Neville Linton – Chairperson;Claire Martin, Derek Ingram, Meenakshi Dhar, RichardBourne, Michael Stone, Syed Sharfuddin, Sally-Ann Wilson and Joe Silva.* Commonwealth Journalists Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Commonwealth Legal EducationAssociation, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Commonwealth Press Union and Commonwealth BroadcastingAssociation.ISBN: 978-93-81241-07-3 Members:Members:Members:Members: © Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, 2012.Material from this publication may be used, duly acknowledging the source.
 
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
The Right toInformation:An Aid for Litigation
for lawyers and human rights defenders
Compiled by
Alan Cheuk 
Edited by
Venkatesh Nayak 2012

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