Kyrgyzstan

Name of law: Law of the Kyrgyz Republic On access to information held by state bodies and local self-government bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic First adopted: 2007 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: 2020-05

Introduction

The law is of medium strength in a region where the right to access information is generally undeveloped but it has some significant weaknesses. In particular, Kyrgyzstan relies on an Ombudsman rather than a specialised information oversight body, which resulted in deductions in some areas due to the fact that the Ombudsman does not have any particular focus on access to information or specific role in promoting access to information. The other major problem with this access regime is its exceptions, many of which are overly broad. The regime also allows material to be exempted by other legislation and only has a limited public interest override. Other laws cited in the article column include the Law on Guarantees and Free Access to Information, Law on Ombudsman, Law about Bases of Administrative Activities and Ministerial Procedures, Administrative Procedure Code, and Law on E-Government and Decree on the Implementation of the Law on Access to Information No. 240 of 2007.

Local Experts: Ainura Eshenalieva, Masha Lisitsyna, Begaim Usenova, Nadejda Alisheva, Nargiz Abdraimova</span></span></span></p>

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