Thailand

Name of law: Official Information Act First adopted: 1997 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a

Introduction

The biggest weakness of this law is the lack of independence of Thailand's Information Commissioner, which cannot properly play its role due to its location within the Prime Minister's office. The OIC seems to be doing a reasonably good job at promoting the right to information, but without independence they will never be able to act as an effective oversight body. Another problem with this framework is that many of Thailand's exceptions are overly broad and/or not harm tested. Although the 2007 Constitution includes a fairly strong guarantee of the right to information, this did not lead to improvements in the right to information law.

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