Access Info Appeals Spanish Ruling in Human Rights Court

14 April 2014

Access Info Europe April 14 appealed to the European Court of Human Rights following an unsuccessful seven-year legal battle to obtain information from Spain’s Ministry of Justice.

Spain’s Constitutional Court in 2013 rejected an Access Info appeal based on the freedom of expression provisions of the Constitution (Article 20.1.a) and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In 2007, Access Info  sought information about how Spain is implementing the UN Convention against Corruption and the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

The Supreme Court stated that this was “not a request for information.” It ruled, “The Constitution gives only the [legislative] chambers such a right, precisely so that they can exercise political control over the Government.”

For detailed information on the case, click here. A copy of the appeal submitted (in Spanish) can be found here:

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