Cairo Declaration Embodies Fundamental Consensus on the Access to Information in the Arab World

7 April 2009

Cairo, Egypt — In January, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the National Council of Human Rights, and the Center of Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa organized a regional conference in Cairo for the Arab Freedom of Information Network. Representatives from six countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Mauritania, and Yemen) attended the conference, which included government officials, journalists, and advocates.

The participants agreed on a set of basic conclusions after discussing their experiences, current bills and legislation, and their ongoing campaigns. The Cairo Declaration embodies a fundamental consensus on the state of access to information in Arab countries and also makes recommendations on how Arab countries can adopt and pass FOI legislation while encouraging public participation.

Read the English translation of the Cairo Declaration in UJRCs Information Right for All newsletter

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