NGO Again Uses FOI to Get Secret UPOV Documents

19 November 2014

A public interest group following the activities of International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) has once again released documents that the organization declines to disclose.

The group uses national freedom of information laws to get the documents.

The restricted documents, which describe business before the closed meeting of the UPOV Consultative Committee and Council, were put online by the Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES), “with the aim to enhance transparency in UPOV matters.”

The group has protested UPOV secrecy. (See previous analysis of UPOV.)

APBREBES has used requests under the FOI laws of undisclosed countries to obtain the materials UPOV won’t release. The latest batch of UPOV documents concerning the 88th session of the Consultative Council meeting that was held Oct. 15.


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In this column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby J. McIntosh reports on the latest developments in information disclosure in International Financial and Trade Institutions (IFTI).
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