Nepal

Name of law: Right to Information Act, 2064 Act to provide for Right to Information First adopted: 2007 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: 2018-09

Introduction

One thing to note regarding the Right of Access for this country is that Nepal's constitution is still changing. The current interim version protects a fundamental right of access, and we hope that this is maintained when the text is finalized. This itself illustrates one of the difficulties of this project, as the constitution that our reviewer had originally been working from was outdated (thanks to our expert for providing a link to the more recent one). Generally this is a relatively strong law. Its biggest weaknesses are its lack of public interest override and failure to trump conflicting legislation. The law also limits information requests such that they can only be made by citizens, which is an unnecessary restriction.

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