Name of law: Law on Access to Documents held by Public Authorities First adopted: 2002 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a


While Angola’s law has several positive features, its limitations restrict the overall effectiveness of the legislation and subsequently its RTI Rating. The total absence of sanctions and protections is a major problem with Angola's law, as is the limited role, power and effectiveness of the Monitoring Commission. This is unfortunate, as the law’s relatively broad scope, strong recognition of the right to information and reasonably clear requesting process could have made this an effective law. However, due to a lack of oversight and monitoring to ensure compliance, it is unlikely that the law will be properly implemented (and indeed, all indicators suggest that it has not been). Other problems include overly broad exceptions and the lack of a public interest override.

Local Expert: Ana Celeste Januario