National Action Plan to Implement the Right to Access to Information Law


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National Action Plan to Implement the Right to Access to Information Law

September 28, 2020

Objectives of ATI:

ATI Laws in Lebanese and comparative law, aim at achieving, through legal and administrative tools that increase the transparency level of the administration, a number of general objectives, the majority of which stem from the commitment of the State to the provisions of the Constitution and international conventions Lebanon has ratified, notably the following:

Guarantee the right to expression and information, including the “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”, according to the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Contribute to the development of effective, transparent and accountable institutions at all levels, according to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions – particularly main actions 16.6 and 16.10 which directly tackle access to information.

Implement the highest standards of transparency, being a fundamental pillar and a requirement for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which Lebanon endeavours to join and which is a global reform movement for the public and private sectors around the world.

Prevent and help fight corruption based on the United Nations  Convention against Corruption entered into by Lebanon on 22/04/2009, which considers transparency a general principle to prevent and fight corruption and a major tool to ensure sound public administration; the Convention also includes detailed provisions related to ATI, under Article 10 “Public Reporting” and Article 13 “Participation of Society”.

Increase the level of citizens’ trust in the State, which is a pillar of a functioning democracy and the rule of law.

Attract investments and increase the level of competitiveness of the Lebanese State and legal persons of public and private law involved in applying transparency and ATI provisions.