Uganda Issues Regulation to Implement Access Statute

17 June 2011

Uganda has issued long-awaited regulations to govern the 2005 Access to Information Act.

The regulations had been approved in May, but publication was delayed. (See previous report.)

The absence of regulations constrained implementation of the law and their issuance was a key demand of groups including the Africa Freedom of Information Centre. The AFIC is a pan-African civil society organisation promoting the right of access to information on the African continent.

Despite the relief that the regulations have been issued, preliminary reviews of their specifics are raising concerns about a lack of specificity regards fees that might be charged.

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