Bangladesh

Name of law: The Right to Information Act First adopted: 2009 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a

Introduction

This is a reasonably good law, emblematic of the generally strong approach to access to information that is found in most parts of South Asia. Chief among this law's strengths are a robust, empowered Information Commission and a strong set of promotional measures. The law also has a broad scope, although the blanket exceptions for police, security and intelligence services are problematic. This, the lack of a broad public interest override and the absence of a number of procedural protections, are the law's main weaknesses.

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