Name of law: Law Regarding The Right of Access to Information First adopted: 2012 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a


Yemen's passage of the Law of the Right of Access to Information is a welcome development, particularly as this law is relatively strong, with a broad scope and applicability and a limited range of exceptions. The most troubling aspects of the law are a potential lack of institutional independence within the oversight body (the Commissioner General for Information) and the absence of a public interest override. The fact that the law's whistleblower protection clause was significantly weakened is also troubling. Nonetheless, the passage of such a strong law is a positive development, and it is hoped that it will be properly implemented by Yemen's government.