East Timor

Name of law: Decree-Law N. 43/2016
First adopted: 2016
Last modified: n/a
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The RTI law in East Timor is amongst the weakest worldwide. Not only does the law only apply to the executive branch of government but it is also subject to other legislation, as the RTI law does not explicitly trump secrecy provisions in other statutes and several exceptions are not harm-tested, although there is a broad public interest override. The procedures are also flawed with too much information being needed to be supplied on a request, limited requirements to provide assistance, and undue charges for requests. A serious weakness is the failure to provide for an administrative level of appeal, while the internal process is vague at best. There are no sanctions or protections at all, and the only promotional measure is the requirement to appoint information officers.